Mission Statement


The objective of the Rural Development Department is to promote the sustainable development of Malta’s agriculture and to ensure the well being of its rural areas. This mission can be achieved by encouraging a robust and competitive agricultural sector which respects environmental and production standards while at the same time ensuring a good standard of living for the agricultural community.

Contribution towards sustainable development of rural areas shall be achieved through the adaptation of the agricultural sector towards new challenges such as those brought by climate change whilst protecting the environment, countryside and improving the quality of life in rural areas.

The Rural Development Department consists of the Rural Festivities Unit, the Pitkali Markets, the Diversification and Competitiveness Directorate, the Animal Welfare, Promotion and Services Directorate, the Agriculture Directorate and the Parks & Initiatives Directorate