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Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights

Hon. Clint Camilleri, at the age of 29, is one of the youngest members of the Maltese Cabinet of Ministers, and is currently the Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights of the Republic of Malta.

Hon. Clint Camilleri is an architect and civil engineer by profession. He studied at the University of Malta and at the University of Kentucky (USA), holding a Bachelor in Architecture and Civil Engineering from the former University.

Having been active in politics since his teenage years, he successfully contested his first-ever local council election in March 2012 and was elected Mayor of his village in Gozo, becoming one of the youngest mayors in Malta. After falling short by only 200 votes from being elected in the European Parliament in 2014, he was successfully elected in the Maltese General Election in 2017.

Being passionate about the Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Right sectors, after growing up in and around Maltese farmland and coast, Hon. Camilleri is determined that, regardless of his relatively young age, he successfully manages the vast sectors under his responsibility.

The Rural Sciences and Food Systems Division (RSFSD)

The Rural Sciences and Food Systems Division (RSFSD), within the Institute of Earth Systems, (IES) is a science-based division within the University of Malta.  In the past years, the RSFSD has been conducting research in the agriculture/food sector food science and in the aspect of environmental sector.  The RSFSD has analysed, researched and characterised including genetically a number of natural products including

  • Beehives products such as honey, propolis and pollen both of Maltese origin and foreign origin
  • Analysis the heavy metal content in soil and food products by Microwave Plasma - Atomic Emission Spectrometry.
  • We have characterised the local oak (Quercus Ilex) and local carob (Ceratonia siliqua) both from the morphology and genetic point of view. 
  • We have studied the pollen count found in the atmosphere through E.U funded project.  

Thanks to the valuable analytical experience of its personnel, a laboratory system was set up with several scientific instruments, which are at the core of RSFSD’s research. Many of these instruments are of the cutting-edge technology and the personnel have managed to gain both the technical and operative knowledge on these instruments.

Malta Beekeepers Association

Malta Beekeepers’ Association

The Malta Beekeepers Association was established in the mid-1970 and was the first association of beekeeping in the Maltese Islands.  Today it is the largest and major beekeeper’s association of the Maltese Islands.  The main objectives of the Malta Beekeepers’ Association are

  • The protection and enhancement of the Maltese Apiculture Sector.
  • To foster the appreciation of the honeybee with the general public.
  • To notify the Government and other authorities with the difficulties encountered by the local beekeepers and to submit proposals for resolving them.
  • To promote the conservation, study, improvement of the local ecotype of honeybee known as Apis mellifera ruttneri (Maltese Native Honey Bee), throughout the Maltese Islands.
  • To seek the help of the scientific community and other stake holders in achieving the aims and objectives of the Maltese Beekeepers’ Association.