“I was teased as a boy because I worked on a farm; today people appreciate the work we do”
Away from our shores, in the current climate, the death toll continues to claim the lives of thousands of people. In the hope of curbing the spread of Covid-19 in our country the authorities are taking all necessary measures, and the public is being encouraged to stay home, and only to go out for essentials – eg. for food supplies.
Local food supply has continued as normal despite these unprecedented times which are also the perfect time to appreciate the hard work that regularly goes on in a number of farms around the Maltese islands.
Jean Paul Fenech, a 28-year-old from Zejtun, raises cattle, and in comments to tvm.com.mt assured people that for as long as the sun rises and sets, the cows would continue to be milked, to ensure that the Maltese and Gozitans would continue to have fresh Maltese milk.
Jean Paul said he has been doing this work since he was still a young boy. From the age of 6 he started working on the family farm and at the time, he was still a schoolboy and would regularly be teased by the other students who considered him from a lower class.
Jean Paul said that while it was true that this work was not popular especially given the long hours and commitment it entails there was no reason why it should not be rated given that it was an integral part of the culture of these islands. He added, that with or without Covid-19, those who work in this sector like him continued working day and night, with the aim of serving the people. And, as a result, Jean Paul has told people they don’t need to stockpile for products and that they could buy one bottle of milk instead of three.