Free palm fronds for Gozitan fishermen ready for Lampuki season

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Free palm fronds for Gozitan fishermen in readiness for Lampuki seasonWith the Lampuki season fast approaching, the Ministry for Gozo will once again be assisting registered local fishermen by distributing free palm fronds.

In a statement the Ministry said that during the past months it has been cutting palm fronds from some of the many trees found around the island.

The Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana stressed that the action plan implemented by the Ministry for the protection of local palm trees is already achieving the desired results.

She explained that certain measures have been taken so that this type of tree is protected, thereby helping to alleviate the problems faced by Gozitan fishermen, and ensuring that local palm trees remain healthy.Free palm fronds for Gozitan fishermen in readiness for Lampuki seasonDr Caruana went on to say that the Ministry for Gozo will continue to work tirelessly to improve the port facilities for fishermen.

“Interventions have been carried out to repair the slip-way at Mgarr harbour and tenders have also been published for the regeneration of the same area.” The Minister also mentioned the ongoing work by Transport Malta on the Xlendi jetty, as well the restoration to be carried out on the dry standing area in the same bay.

Applications for free palm fronds can be obtained from the Ministry for Gozo, the Government Experimental Farm in Xewkija, and the Fisheries Office at the Ministry for Gozo, in Marsalforn and Mgarr Harbour.

Photographs: MGOZ/Terry Camilleri and George Scerri

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    1. anthony zammit says:

      It is very good of the Minister of Gozo to protect the Palm trees we have scattered around our beloved island. Palm trees have to be trimmed. It is essential that this happens but it has to be done diligently and by people who know what they are doing. The pruning fashions the bark of the tree. Palm trees are very peculiar. Not many know for example that when one has to transplant Palm trees one has to paint a mark on the tree before extracting it from the soil so that it is replanted as it was before. So, for example, one paints a line facing the North on all the trees before they are extracted from the ground, then all Palm trees have to be planted with the line facing the North, otherwise, the tree will not hold ground.

      It is a good idea that the St George patrons in Gozo after welcoming the Statue with palms, these palms are donated to the fishermen. I also suggest to fishermen who also owns land to plant Palm trees so there is never a lack of palms to do their fishing.

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