Xaghra Figs Festival showcases the benefits of this local fruit
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During the inauguration of the eighth edition of the Figs Festival organised by the Xaghra Local Council, the Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana, commented that the Ministry is committed to continue to support activities such as this that help to improve Gozo’s tourism product.
The Minister referred to the Government Experimental Farm in Xewkija, where work is being undertaken to ensure that the endemic fig tree continues to flourish on the island.
“The fig tree is synonymous with the Mediterranean environment and that’s why we must continue to protect this tree,” said Minister Caruana.
Dr Caruana explained that the Ministry plans to implement new initiatives in Gozo such as solar sensitisation and new cultivation methods, so that farming can continue to progress, as well as providing an information and assistance service to assist Gozitan farmers overcome any challenges and help improve their performance.
Also present for the inauguration was the Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights, Clint Camilleri, who said that the fig tree has been in our country for 5,000 years and was nutrition for Maltese and Gozitans even through the winter period.
The Parliamentary Secretary also spoke about the study and trials underway on growing figs through micropropagation for genetic conservation purposes.