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PROPOSED EU FARM POLICY SPREADS KUNSERVA TOMATO FARMERS TOO THIN

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Copia-di-Copia-di-Copia-di-Copia-di-Copia-di-Copia-di-Copia-di-Copia-di-Copia-di-Copia-di-Copia-di-Copia-di-Copia-di-Copia-di-Copia-di-Copia-di-Copia-di-Copia-di-Copia-di-Copia-di-TURLES-3Malta’s beloved kunserva tomato paste faces a bleak future unless an EU-wide farmer support program is amended, agricultural campaigners have warned.

Former MEP candidate Peter Agius said that Maltese kunserva will almost certainly be replaced with mass produced tomato paste and other large scale products if proposed changes to the EU’s agricultural policy are not revised.

The new version of the policy, known as the EU farm strategy, is yet to be formally adopted but in its current form could see Maltese farmers lose out on an annual €3million in aid which, in part, targets tomato growers. Now this cash could fall to just €650,000 every year, split between the dairy, beef, sheep and tomato processing sectors.

Agius says that the changes do not take into consideration the geographic limitations of Malta’s farm land and could see local growers left out completely.

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