Tomato season kicks off with tomato festival this weekend in Gozo
What better way could there be to celebrate the beginning of tomato season than a celebration of that most versatile juicy red fruit?
This weekend, in Pjazza Orvieto, Kercem, a two-day festival dedicated to tomatoes will be held. Activities will include visits to tomato fields, where visitors can see the tomatoes being harvested, and try their own hand at it.
Competitions will be held for the best variety of tomatoes, and over 40 pieces of tomato-harvesting machinery will be displayed in the square. There will also be live entertainment and bands.
Resources Minister George Pullicino and Gozo Minister Giovanna Debono this morning visited a field in which tomatoes are being grown.
Minister Pullicino said that in 2011, 8,519,547 kg of tomatoes were produced in Malta by 265 different farmers, and that the crop had been healthier than in previous years, following the government’s efforts to eradicate disease from the tomatoes.
Minister Debono spoke about the Centre of Innovation in Rural and Environmental Sciences, a project being undertaken by the Ministry for Gozo as part of the work of the Action Plan Eco Gozo from 2010 to 2012. This project aims to strengthen the agricultural sector in the island, among others through raising awareness and assistance given to Gozitan farmers and herdsmen. She said that this center will also serve as an innovative center in the agricultural and agri-tourism as an attraction. Ms Debono concluded by saying that this activity is another initiative that can serve as an attraction for domestic tourism to Gozo.