Victor, Nadi and their son Jean Paul have been farming their land for about 40 years. With a farmhouse, greenhouses, and trees, they grow a little bit of everything – fennel, spinach, kohlrabi, lettuce, cabbage, celery, tomatoes, potatoes and parsley.
However, Victor, Nadia and Jean Paul’s farm is threatened by the construction of a bypass.
“A road is going to be built through the farm, dividing the land. We have no idea how we will get out of the farmhouse to get to the other field. The greenhouses will be removed, as will the water reservoirs and a borehole. We still have no solid information. We still have no idea what will happen, as without irrigation you can’t grow anything these days.
“We have these pomegranate trees, which we’ve been taking care of for 20 years, and they will disappear.”
“I think that farming is declining. We have no future in this industry thanks to all that is happening. Very soon there will be nothing left.
Maltese produce is sweeter than what we get from abroad. If no one grows this any longer, we will end up picking up the scraps from Sicily. What we must do is take better care of farmers, rather than kicking them when they’re down and turning farmland into tarmac.”