Malta's agricultural sector is small and only accounts for about 2.8 percent of GDP, but it is diverse. In 1999 only 5 percent of workers were employed in agriculture and there were only about 10 square kilometers (3.9 square miles) of land under irrigation.
In 1998 agricultural exports totaled US$42.1 million, but imports totaled US$304 million. Since 1995 agriculture has declined annually. In 1997 the decline was 10.3 percent, and in 1998 the decline was 11.6 percent.
Most farms are small and privately owned. Most of the crops and foodstuffs produced are consumed domestically. The main crops are potatoes, cauliflower, grapes, wheat, barley, tomatoes, citrus, and green peppers. Potatoes are by far the main crop and accounted for 32,000 metric tons of the total agricultural output of 38,000 metric tons. Medigrain, a Maltese company, annually imports about 50,000 tons of wheat, which is then sold to local bakeries and restaurants. It has silo capacity to hold 86,000 metric tons of grain. Livestock production includes beef, chicken, lamb, pork, rabbit, and turkey. The main livestock exports are prepared meat products and fish.
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timecapturer (49288) 2014-07-29 1:31
neighbours today! A wonderful shot of the fields of this little island. I would imagine it is real hard labour getting a crop to flourish on this dry and dusty looking soil, but obviously people do mange it. Fascinating and a different shot from this tourist orientated island.
kasianowak (7297) 2014-07-29 1:49
The fields create a lovely collection of patterns. The colour palette quintessentially Mediterranean.
Have a nice day
lousat (79409) 2014-07-29 2:08
Hi Daniel,a beautiful and different pic from Malta,this time friom the countryside,it looks a mix between Tuscany amd Tunisia,very nice large view and the usual top quality.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Nicou (125550) 2014-07-29 2:38
quel panorama et vue superbe quels beaux champs et ces tons la terre ocre toute l'immensité superbe captage.
Bravo et amitié
asajernigan (21366) 2014-07-29 2:54
The small farms create a nice patchwork scene. The rock fences create nice lines through the shot. The lighting and colors are great as is the photo's sharpness.
dta (69138) 2014-07-29 3:03
Hello Daniel ,
May be not important for the economy , but very important for the beauty of the landscape .
A beautiful view of these fields with stoned walls and red ground .
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-07-29 4:29
A good note to accompany your image. If it wasn't for your fine image and note I wouldn't have known anything about the agriculture of Malta. Excellent work.
Sergiom (63326) 2014-07-29 5:30
Cette terre semble vraiment brûlée par le soleil et la culture doit être très difficile et doit nécessiter beaucoup d'eau. J'aime bien toutes ces petites parcelles très différentes les unes des autres.
cornejo (33540) 2014-07-29 11:01
Hi Daniel, lovely view of the beautiful farmland of the place, very well captured with a great pov with pretty good picture. An interesting image of a nice place, with good sharpness, depth and quality. A good job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy rest of the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
rbassin (19057) 2014-07-29 11:07
une bonne prise de vue, une photo mettant en valeurs ces terres cultivées, dans une belle gamme de couleurs;
les murs forment un bon graphisme
williewhistler (14877) 2014-07-29 13:08
your picture shows only too well the harsh conditions that farmers have to contend with with the sun burned soil clearly visible.
jjcordier (77592) 2014-07-29 22:44
Par rapport à tes images précédentes, une vision très différente de Malte. Un paysage aride étonnant où il ne doit pas être facile de faire pousser quelque chose.
carlo62 (35570) 2014-07-29 23:42
sono molto legato alla campagna e alle sue coltivazioni e queste foto mi incuriosiscono sempre. La terra è molto arida e non facile da coltivare, i miei complimenti a coloro che ci riescono..
Bello scatto, molto interessante, su un argomento antico quanto l'uomo.
abmdsudi (44930) 2014-08-01 8:20
Good infor notes and stats. That's an excellent image and good summer theme landscape portraying the small scales of agri land. I find green colour is lovely does break tp the monotony of dominating earthy tone in the field. Great point of view, superb detail and clarity throughout pleasantly balanced. Well done, Congrats.