Il-Biedja f’Malta by Stan­ley Far­ru­gia Ran­don

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The au­thor’s love for his coun­try and the de­sire to en­sure that cer­tain ter­mi­nol­ogy re­lat­ing to ancient agri­cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties is not lost have in­spired the au­thor to write this book.

While Il-Biedja f’Malta is a his­tory of agri­cul­ture in Malta and the ef­fects it has on the Mal­tese land­scape and en­vi­ron­ment, this book is also a prac­ti­cal guide on the sow­ing, cul­ti­va­tion and har­vest­ing of lo­cal fruit, veg­eta­bles and herbs as well as on the dis­eases which can at­tack them.

The au­thor Stan­ley Far­ru­gia Ran­don is a med­i­cal doc­tor who grows products or­gan­i­cally in his yard and has gath­ered a great deal of in­for­ma­tion from farm­ers par­tic­u­larly in Gozo. He en­cour­ages peo­ple to grow products in their own gar­den, yard or on their roof es­pe­cially in an or­ganic man­ner. This can be a hobby of great sat­is­fac­tion serv­ing as a ther­apy for body and mind en­cour­ag­ing the ama­teur to love na­ture and closely ob­serve the stages of de­vel­op­ment of the products and the great­ness of the cre­ator.

The au­thor rec­om­mends both pro­fes­sional and ama­teur farm­ers to save ir­ri­ga­tion wa­ter and ab­stain from much use of ground wa­ter whose salin­ity leads to an in­fe­rior prod­uct. An­other prob­lem which re­quires a so­lu­tion is the frag­men­ta­tion of the fields which are not eco­nom­i­cally vi­able. Chap­ters of the book are ded­i­cated to the cot­ton in­dus­try and to the olive tree while the last chap­ter is a glos­sary of old terms old im­ple­ments which have fallen in dis­use.

The book is printed in Mal­tese in full colour with over 400 photos. Sell­ing price: €29.90c.

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