Cabinet approves amendments to Agricultural Leasing Act

The Minister of Economy and Industry, Silvio Schembri, announced that the Cabinet has approved the enactment of legal amendments aimed at streamlining and simplifying the Land Authority’s current processes for the transfer, allocation, the cession and general administration of land belonging to the government granted by the title of Bail Agricole (Qbiela).

The proposed amendments are designed to provide solutions to a large number of pending applications for the transfer and allocation of agricultural land. The current regulations would see the rejection of these requests.

“The proposed amendments are therefore necessary to break the deadlock on several long-standing issues that can be resolved by streamlining regulations. The new regulations are to remove current barriers to the transfer of farmland between family members or to third parties in the case, for example, of the retirement of the current farmer. Today, these legal obstacles include the limitation of the size of buildings for the transfer of buildings, the need to obtain the authorization co-tenants in solidum, and the difficulty of recognition of co-tenants cultivators as legitimate successors to the lease,” reads a government statement.

“In addition, the regulations must also allow the processing of a large number of old applications for the recognition of tenants or the transfer of buildings which, due to these legal obstacles, have remained pending for many years. All this means that farmers who have used government land for many years can now be reassured that future generations will be able to continue in this activity without the burden of excessive bureaucracy.”

“Through this initiative, the government is reiterating its commitment to farmers who want to sustain their activity in this important sector of the economy, by giving themselves the means to maintain and sustain the viability of their farms. In the coming days, the Ministry of Economy and Industry will communicate further details on these changes to these regulations.