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Government seeking to up farm work participants by 1,000

Published:Tuesday | June 28, 2016 | 3:32 PM
Labour and Social Security Minister Shahine Robinson told the House of Representatives this afternoon that 15,000 Jamaicans participated in the farm work programmes in Canada and the United States last year.

Jovan Johnson, Parliamentary Reporter

The Government will be pushing to increase by 1,000, the number of Jamaicans who participate in the farm work programme in North America.

Labour and Social Security Minister Shahine Robinson told the House of Representatives this afternoon that 15,000 Jamaicans participated in the farm work programmes in Canada and the United States last year.

She said there are plans to increase the figure to 16,000 for next year.

Robinson, who was making her contribution to the 2016 Sectoral Debate, said she would be meeting with major prospective North American employers "in the coming weeks”.

She also disclosed that faced with labour shortages, the Canadian authorities are reportedly considering relaxing restrictions imposed in 2014 to reduce the intake of foreign workers into some low skilled occupations.

“Jamaican workers, wherever they are, bring strong work ethic and discipline," she said.

Robinson said the government is also exploring opportunities for Jamaican workers in the Caribbean.