The Farm Advisory System (FAS)

​The Farm Advisory System aims at helping farmers to better understand and meet the EU rules for environment, public and animal health, animal welfare and the good agricultural and environmental condition.

It is required for Member States to set up of a Farm Advisory System (FAS) which aims at helping farmers to better understand and meet the EU rules for environment, public and animal health, animal welfare and the GAEC. The rural development policy supports farmers to make use of advisory services and supports Member States in setting up new farm advisory services where needed.

Article 12 of Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 of the European Parliament addresses this need and creates an obligation on Member States to establish a system for advising beneficiaries on land management and farm management.

This system is meant to be operated by designated public bodies and/or selected private bodies for the benefit of all farmers, whether or not they are in receipt of EU agricultural funds.
 
A farm advisory service assesses the specific situation of the farmer and gives appropriate advice.

The Agriculture and Rural payments Agency is the designated Competent Authority for the establishment and implantation of the Farm Advisory System as per Article 2 of Subsidiary Legislation 117.30.

In this regard Subsidiary Legislation 117.30 lays down the legislative framework pertinent to the Farm Advisory Services Regulations for Malta and establishes the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders involved in the System Being

  1. Farmer
  2. Farm Advisory Service providers
  3. Competent Authority  and
  4. Farm Advisory Service Regulation Board
 
Interested applicants wishing to set up a farm Advisory service are to Contact the Registrar

Dr. Martin Matthew Farrugia
Unit C.2.1.
Agriculture and Rural Payments Agency
Tel: +356 2292 4144 email: martin-matthew.farrugia@gov.mt
 
One may refer to the relevant Guidelines and Application Form

The completed application form and accompanying documents are to be submitted at the Front Office, Ta Qali.

Registered Farm Advisory Service Providers would need to complete and submit the bi annual Status Report to be reviewed by the FASRB.