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YANNICK PACE AND MASSIMO COSTA A set of proposals put forward by the Na- tionalist Party to address challenges faced by the agricultural sector would lead to widespread speculation of agricultural land, according to Environment Minister Jose Herrera. "They didn't understand the law. The law is not business but just to promote farm- ing in Malta," Herrera told MaltaToday. "What the PN is proposing will lead to speculation speculation on the little agri- cultural land we have left." Yesterday, the PN tabled a parliamen- tary motion calling on the government to amend a legal notice published last De- cember containing a number of provisions, including one that disallows the transfer of agricultural lease if a building with a foot- print greater than 40 sq.m is present on it. It said that the legal notice was making it more difficult to transfer leases across gen- erations, which the PN said was not con- ducive to helping the sector survive. Addressing a press conference PN MP Marthese Portelli said the party did not agree with the provision, insisting that the PN believes "the land which is being used by the farmer, and which contains a build- ing meant to house his machinery and produce should also be permit- ted to be transferred." WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT WEDNESDAY EDITION €1.00 Newspaper post WEDNESDAY • 6 FEBRUARY 2019 • ISSUE 624 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY PAGE 2 EDITORIAL • PAGE 9 KURT SANSONE ONLY a handful of the 32 quarries li- cenced to receive construction waste are actually doing so, leading the operators to make a killing from higher dumping fees. Industry sources have indicated that be- tween two and three quarries every day were receiving construction waste, while another two quarries could only receive small trucks because of accessibility is- sues. The sources said that one of the quar- ries only operated for a few hours a day because it could not deal with the processing of large volumes of in- ert waste. Quarry owners make killing from higher dumping fees Al-Shabaab murdered Maltese over Somalia port controversy 4 Paul Anthony Formosa PN's agricultural proposals would lead to widespread land speculation - Herrera Jose Herrera: The PN's proposals are "pure land speculation to make a few people millionaires" PAGE 3 On Tuesday, the PN tabled a motion in parliament proposing a number of amendments to the legal notice governing agricultural leases published in December

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