About 500 palm trees were distributed to 18 Local Councils and fishermen in a government initiative designed to prevent a shortage of palm trees in the future, due to red weevil attacks. Palm fronds are used by fishermen to make trellises during lampuki season.
This year in addition to the fish, the fishermen were also given a fishing rod as along with the palm fronds that are distributed annually for lampuki fishing, 500 palms trees were also distributed to 18 local council as well as to a fishing cooperative.
The Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Anton Refalo said that the plants grown by the Directorate for plant protection, will increase the number of palm trees in the Maltese islands after a substantial number were destroyed by red weevil.
In addition to the palm fronds that have been given to fishermen every year, we have taken the initiative to give no less than 500 plants this year to both fishermen and local councils, to be planted and local councils and be able to give to fishermen. their.
Director of Fisheries Dr Alicia Said said palm leaves are essential for the fishing of lampuki (mahi mahi).
“With today’s initiative we will be offering reassurance to Maltese and Gozitan fishermen because of the problem of the red weevil which resulted in the destruction of a number of palm trees; we will ensure that we will have a lasting supply, for both current and future fishermen.”
On the impact of red weevil which entered Malta about 15 years ago, the Director of Plant Protection, Dennis Sciberras said that the impact of red weevil is being curtailed using pesticides.
“Controlling it totally is hard but we are using chemicals to safeguard the tree, but it’s not easy because you only notice once the tree is suffering, and those that take care of the plants sprays them a little to prevent as far as possible. ”
Mr Sciberras said that along with the seedlings, local councils and fishermen will be handing out sprays to keep the red weevil at bay.