Centre of Research, Development and Innovation in Agriculture
Infrastructural works carried out at the Government Farm in Xewkija, aimed at developing the site in a Centre of Research, Development and Innovation in Agriculture as part of the eco-Gozo action plan 2010-2012. This project is being carried out by the Ministry for Gozo in collaboration with the University of Malta.
Around half a million euro were invested in new administrative space and other facilities in connection with this centre. Other works include the building of three new laboratories, the modernisation of glass-houses, the excavation of two water reservoirs, an aviary for poultry and sheds for cows. New machinery was also procured to help in the daily running of the farm.
It is planned that this centre will host and promote environmentally-friendly practices in the agricultural sector and in the rearing of animals and poultry. Studies will be conducted on the cultivation of plants, vegetables and endemic fruit trees as well as on the better preservation of water and soil resources. A computerised irrigation system will be installed in the farm which will also serve as a study on the sustainable use of water in agriculture.
This project boosts the agricultural sector in Gozo and makes this sector more value-oriented. The agro-tourism industry will also benefit from this project.