Young farmers frequently need support to enter into the agricultural sector. Barriers exist in the form of: difficulties in accessing land through the high costs of either purchasing or renting, fragmentation of land, and difficulties in obtaining loans for business investment through regular commercial channels (lack of collateral). Young farmers also face problems in accessing markets, and resistance from older farmers who are not open to new ideas, innovation in production and marketing, or investment in new processes.
Despite significant numbers of young people attending agricultural courses in Malta, few enter farming due to the barriers identified above and perceived limited financial returns and long hours in the sector. This measure is thus a key element in the strategy to encourage a more attractive, innovative and efficient sector in future.