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Farmers to benefit from improved access to their fields – 3km of rural roads in Gudja rebuilt

Some 60 farmers will benefit from better access to their fields, now that Infrastructure Malta has rebuilt just under 3km of rural roads in Gudja, as a cost of 500,00 euro from European funds.

These roads – 2.8km in length – were built through funds from the European Union’s European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The roads are part of a wider project which Infrastructure Malta is carrying out with 15 million euro, to rebuild and improve over 100 rural roads in the countryside used by farmers. The agency also placed some 40km of pipes, culverts and cables below ground to improve the supply of various services.

Gudja Mayor Marija Sara Vella said everyone would benefit from this rural roads project.

“These roads are accessible to everyone, and the project will improve the lives of the people and Gudja residents.”

Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Minister Ian Borg pointed out that these projects are changing people’s quality of life. The Minister explained that one of the challenges of Infrastructure Malta’s work on rural roads is that some of the roads had never before had foundations strong enough to cope with farmers’ heavy vehicles and equipment in use these days.

Parliamentary Secretary Responsible for European Funds Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi stated that projects for rural roads through European Funds are being carried out in consultation with Local Councils and in collaboration with various entities, and are aimed at giving better access to open spaces, as well as providing better infrastructure or farmers.