The Mgarr Farmers Cooperative was formed in 1947 and has around 180 members
who are all farmers of this vicinity. Once a year, an annual general meeting is
held where these same farmers elect from among them that year’s management
The committee discusses current problems that the farmers may be facing and hold
discussions with the authorities concerned in the farmers’ name. The committee
always holds the farmers’ interests as its highest priority.
The cooperative’s centre is situated at Żebbiegħ. It contains the shop from where
farming goods can be bought, known as the warehouse, as well as a bar and a hall
to be used for meetings.
The products that the farmers produce most in this area are irrigated crops such as strawberries, tomatoes, potatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, cabbages, cauliflowers broccoli, aubergines (eggplants) and lettuce. This is possible because the irrigation water in this area is quite good.
Strawberry growing is synonymous with the Mgarr Farmers Cooperative. This cooperative was primary in importing strawberry plants from Italy. It is still doing this with the difference that today it imports in far greater quantities both from Italy and Spain. Strawberry growing in these parts is very popular and some of these farmers are specialists in this field.
The Mgarr Evening (known as Lejla Mġarrija) and Strawberry Fest (Festa Frawli) which are organized in Mgarr every year on a national scale, show the commitment and seriousness of the Mgarr farmers.