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General Questions

 
How can I make an appointment or submit a complaint?

 
Contact Front Office or Gozo Office – click here ​for contact details.

 
What are the documents requested in case an applicant is deceased?
  • A statement signed by a notary or a lawyer that specifically states that the financial aid issued by the Agriculture and Rural Payments Agency in the name of the deceased applicant should be paid to the person indicated in the declaration.  A sample template of the statement to be completed by a notary or a lawyer can be downloaded from here  EN | MT​
  • Submission of a Bank Payment Form​ of the person mentioned in the statement mentioned above.
 
What is the procedure to be followed for the transfer of entitlements?
The transferor and the transferee together with their spouses must call at the Front Office to submit their request and present the following documentation: 
  • ID cards of all persons involved (including spouses)  
  • In case of a person representing the transferor/transferee/spouse the following documentation is needed: 

 
-A power of attorney duly signed by a notary public which states that the applicant accepts that the  representative submits the application on his/her behalf
-ID Cards of both the applicant and the representative 
  • Site plans issued by the PA in case of transfer with land
  • When the entitlement is being transferred via inheritance a letter signed by a notary is needed which specifically states that the aid related to the entitlements being transferred should be given to a particular heir
  • Separation Certificate

 
Are there any funding schemes related to restoration of rubble walls?
Yes, under Malta’s Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.  For further information, one should contact the EAFRD Managing Authority via email on rdd.meaim@gov.mt​ or by calling 22 00 11 08.

 
What are the mandatory documents required to submit a request or payment claim?

In case of an individual farmer:

  • ID Card or Passport

In case of a person representing the applicant: 

  • A Power of Attorney duly signed by a notary public which states that the applicant accepts that the representative submits the application on his behalf
  • ID Cards of both the applicant and the representative

In case of a company:

  • VAT Certificate
  • ID Card of representative
  • Memorandum issued by the MFSA 

What are the documents requested in case an applicant is deceased?

In case of pending payments a statement signed by a notary public or an advocate that specifically states that the financial aid issued by the Agriculture and Rural Payments Agency (ARPA) in the name of the deceased applicant should be paid to the person indicated in the declaration.  A sample template of the statement to be completed by a notary or a lawyer can be downloaded from HERE .

Submission of a Bank Payment Form of the person mentioned in the statement mentioned above.

I have been informed that the agricultural land I need to register has already been registered by a third party. What is the way forward?

In case that the requested parcel is registered by another individual a contestation form must be completed. The other party shall be informed that within 30 days he/she is obliged to submit a Contestation form. If the latter fails to do so the parcel is transferred to the contestant. If both parties submit a valid contestation form they will be forwarded to the Arbitrage Centre.

I am a landowner and require information on farmers registered on my agricultural land in the IACS System. What focumentation shall I need to submit?

The following documents need to be submitted at the Front Office

  • Proof of ownership documents including a landowner letter endorsed by a notary/advocate
  • ARPA Site Plan signed by same notary and architect, submitted at the Front Office.

Where shall I submit the certificate of the obligatory training course I have attended?

Obligatory Courses Certificates are to be presented at the Front Office as soon as they are available.

Can another individual attend on my behalf for obligatory courses?

If a representative is sent on your behalf for the duration of the course a co-cultivator form needs to be submitted at the Front Office.

When is the request Period for Area based and Direct Aid Applications?

The request period is normally carried out during the months of July and August.  An information letter is sent one week prior to the opening of the request period. This letter is sent to all beneficiaries who submitted a payment claim in the previous claim year.

When can Area-based and Direct Aid Applications be submitted?

The period for area based and direct applications is between March and May.  An information letter is sent to all applicants prior to the commencement date of the Application Campaign.

An Online Application Service is available during this period (see ARPA homepage.

What type of aid is granted for Area-based and Direct Aid Applications?

Under the Direct Aid there are 5 new schemes for farmers these are:

  • Basic Payment Scheme
  • Greening
  • Young Farmers
  • Small Farmers Scheme
  • Voluntrary Coupled Support.

Under the Rural Development Programme there are two measures these are

  • Areas with Natural Constraints Measure (ANC)
  • Agri-Environemental-Climate Measures (AECMs)

When can a request for the registration of agricultural land be submitted?

Registration of agricultural land that are not related to area aid is now open all year.

What procedure needs to be followed when applying for MEPA permits for Agricultural Purposes?

Before applying for MEPA permits for agricultural purposes an applicant is obliged to register their fields in the IACS System. Once agricultural land is successfully registered the individual is then contacted to collect the Site Plans and Parcel List from the Front Office.

Are ARPA agricultural land registrations associated with the Lands Department Registration?

NO. Fields are only registered with ARPA for aid purposes and does not give any right of ownership to the registrant.

How can I access the Farmer Registry?

Submit an application through the ARPA website to obtain a username and password. Once these are granted, access to the Farmer Registry is through the ARPA Website.

What information can I view through the Farmer Registry?

By applying for this service one has the facility to have year round access from the comfort of their home to the following information: 

  • Customer Registration -Personal information including Name, Date of Birth, ID Card Number, VAT number and Home/Postal Address 
  • Persons - The details of co-cultivators i.e. individuals tilling the same land in partnership.
  • IBAN ToP - The details of the IBAN in which entitled aid is deposited by ARPA. One will be able to also view the inactive IBAN marked with a letter under the title [Default].
  • Beneficiary Payments - The amount of aid deposited in the bank account dating back to Claim Year 2008. The total value in Euros does not include any deductions.
  • Entitlements - The type and value of entitlements.
  • Crop Plan - The type of land use of each parcel in one's holding in numerical form.
  • Graphical Crop Plan - A satellite image/ortophoto of all the parcels within one's holding.
  • Documents - A list of documents that were presented to the Paying Agency.
  • Validation - The facility to print the validation document which includes all the declarations and information in one's Registry.
  • Applications - A list of applications submitted dating back to Claim year 2008.

How can I start receiving SMS alerts in relation to the applications submitted?

Applicants who are interested in receiving SMS alerts related to ARPA are requested to fill in an SMS Form which can be can be collected directly from the Front Office or downloaded from the ARPA Website.

How can I submit an objection in relation to payments and penalties issued by the ARPA?

An applicant may object to the penalties or payments issued by the PA in relation to direct and area aid schemes by submitting an objection form. The Front Office (FO) shall be responsible to inform the applicant with the outcome as soon as a reply is given by the unit concerned.

Is there an application I need to submit if I am requesting a Force Majeure?

In case of Force Majeure or exceptional circumstance Force Majeure form needs to be submitted at the Front Office. This can be downloaded through the website or obtained from the Front Office.

How can I obtain a copy of mandatory Record Sheets?

Record sheets can be collected directly from the Front Office or downloaded from the ARPA Website.

What is meant by a Breach in Commitment?

Removal of agricultural land from your holding during an ongoing commitment will result in a breach of that commitment which may consequently result in several penalties. In cases where a committed agricultural land is transferred to another farmer and remaining commitment is honoured by the receiving farmer no penalties are activated. In cases where a farmer has a valid reason to remove a parcel/s a Force Majeure Form shall be submitted at the Front Office together with the required documentation.

How can I obtain a Fertiliser Plan?

Fertilizer Plans are currently being compiled by anyone who is approved by the Agriculture Department. The current approved advisors are published on the Agriculture Department’s website: https://agriculture.gov.mt/en/agric/Pages/Regulatory%20Section/advtechexp.aspx

 

 

 



 

 
 

 

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