Restoration of wind powered water pumps scheme launched
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During an activity at Wied il-Lunzjata on Saturday, the Minister for Gozo launched the second Scheme for the Restoration of Wind Powered Water Pumps, which is part of the eco-Gozo project. The scheme will be financed by the Ministry for Gozo and co-ordinated by the Department for Projects and Development within the same Ministry. Last year there were nineteen successful applicants for the first scheme.
Eligible applicants must be residents of Gozo who either own property which is used for agricultural/agri-tourism purposes or registered farmers whose land is registered under IACS, where such systems are installed. Applicants, who will be favourably considered under this scheme, will be entitled to a financial subsidy covering 75% of the costs related to the purchase of equipment and/or labour required to render the system operational, up to a maximum of €1000.
“The use of wind-powered water pumps is one of the traditional sustainable practices that are valid up to this day. In Gozo they are also an added value for the conservation of the Gozitan rural environment, I wish that many of those who are able to, will take advantage of this scheme as did their predecessors. This is not just in their interest, but especially for what it can do for our island,” said Minister Debono.
The Minister emphasised that the eco-island vision aims to achieve high sustainable development standards for the island whilst ensuring the protection of its heritage. Minister Giovanna Debono concluded that the restoration of wind-powered water pumps as alternative energy sources for agricultural use is an initiative that moves us in that direction.
Further information regarding this scheme may be retrieved from the website www.eco.gozo.com or from the Ministry for Gozo on tel: 22100210/22100261.
Applications will be received by the Department for Projects and Development at the Ministry for Gozo, St Francis Square, Victoria, by no later than Wednesday, the 30th of June 2010.