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Increased Co-operation in the Maltese Dairy Sector


Use of EAFRD support to greatly improve co-operation between two major players in the Maltese dairy sector thereby leading to better infrastructure, increased productivity, improved product quality and enhanced competitiveness.



An increasing need has been felt in the Maltese Dairy Sector for higher levels of cooperation between the Milk Producers Cooperative and Malta Dairy Products Ltd. - the dairy processing plant. This project brings together expertise in nutrition, and feed mill engineering and processes with the aim of finding the right ration balance for dairy cows.


The project has two aims: 1) To develop higher quality feeds for cows leading to better milk yields and milk quality, better feeding efficiency and ultimately a healthier product for the end consumers, and; 2) To improve the economic viability and competitiveness of the Maltese dairy sector.

Main activities

Activities have included: i) the collection of 66 feed/forage samples per year; ii) feed Milling and Nutrition Consultancy in order to assess current processes as well as providing recommendations for product quality improvements; iii) Milk Producers Cooperative, with the help of feed mill specialists, devising processes and technologies to determine the chemical composition and nutritional value of foodstuffs, and; iv) acquisition of specialised equipment for research and laboratory analysis.

Results & Benefits

New technologies and improved processes for laboratory analysis have developed all aspects of quality control. This has helped the feed manufacturer in several ways such as predicting the nutritional values of fed ingredients and feed, avoiding contaminants, detecting impurities, and acquiring accurate data on feed ingredient composition. The overall benefit of the project will be improving the economic viability and competitiveness of the dairy sector in Malta.

Lessons learnt

An increase in the level of co-operation between the Milk Producers Cooperative and Malta Dairy Products can lead to the development of more efficient processes, resulting in higher quality dairy products and an improved competitiveness for the local dairy sector.

Project location and other information

Marsa, Malta



RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

182 029

EAFRD contribution (€)

81 913

National contribution (€)

27 304

Private contribution (€)

72 812

Contact name

Mr. Carmel Fenech B. Sc, Chief Operations Manager (Nutrition)


+356 212 34592 and +356 993 71860

Languages for contact

English, Maltese

At a glance



Final beneficiary type


Budget range

€100 000 - €500 000

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End Date:


Theme / Measure:

• Competitiveness of Agriculture & Forestry
• Restructuring, developing physical potential, and promoting innovation
• 124: Cooperation for development of new products, processes and technologies


Added-value, Animal foodstuff, Quality control, Competitiveness , Cooperation

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