The economy

The prevalent economic activity is dairy farming; several dairy farms are active, amongst which there are amongst the most important in the sector of transformation of cows’ milk on the island. There are businesses that collect and salt the cow skins, those that produce natural rennet (caglio) and those that handle the butchering and the preparation of the beef. There is also an artisanal pasta shop, a patisserie, wine and liqueur production. Industry employs 372 people. The primary sector is made up of 195 agricultural businesses, all family run, which deal for the most part with the rearing of sheep and cattle, but there are also pigs and horses. The feed for the animals is cultivated locally. The activity of su massaju has completely disappeared, so it is rare to see the cultivation of grain and the blue fields of flax survive only in the memories of the oldest inhabitants. Vines and olive production and allotments are limited to family use. Traditional craft activities have been reduced dramatically, even if in recent years there has been some renewed interest from young people. The housing sector survives and the goods transport business is well developed. The service sector, with business activities, services and institutions, employs 750 people. The presence of the service sector attracts many people from nearby villages; business relationships go beyond the regional borders reaching as far as America. Notwithstanding this apparent economic well being, the population is actually decreasing, due to a falling birth rate and an increase in emigration, not offset by the presence of 130 EEC and non-EEC immigrants.

The social life is animated by different sporting groups, the municipal tourist board and by different cultural and voluntary groups.


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