I’m a young poultry farmer, rearing 240000 broilers, continuing my father’s business. I’m also an administrator of MAYA (a Farmers’ Youth organisation).
I think access to land is a challenge and needs to change, as well as capping prices and a strategy for sustainability, and in Malta, finance and permits are a big issue. Young farmers have an opportunity to promote short food chains that support a circular economy – so you get an income from your area as well as contributing to other local business. There is little training in my area, and I think cooperation between farmers from different member states is essential for training, pest management and learning from one another. Cooperation between farmers and other actors is important too: aspects such as agritourism, farm to fork that leave a positive impact on environmental and local conditions.
It’s difficult, particularly in these times, but I hope in the end we will reach our dreams.