PL will strengthen Gozitan agriculture - Joseph Muscat
A new Government will strengthen the agricultural and tourism industry in Gozo through incentives, Labour Party leader Joseph Muscat announced this afternoon at the Agriculture Cooperative Gozitano Centre in Xewkija, Gozo.
He argued that the government must invest in farmers, giving them the ability to not only produce raw products, but process them as well. He spoke of the producers who process local products, explaining that they do not qualify for agricultural incentives or business schemes. “This needs to be amended and a clear policy for this sector must be addressed,” he added.
He proposed the creation of a Special Market Policy Programme for Maltese Agriculture with the EU, which can help the industry. The Opposition leader described the potential he sees in the agro-tourism sector, which must be developed.
Manager of the Cooperative Joseph Grech said there are around 500 farmers in Gozo and explained that this Cooperative allows them to pool together to sell their products.