Discussions Being Held On A UK Farm Workers Program

Minister of Agriculture Hon. Saboto Caesar says a farmworkers program similar to which currently exists and which affords Vincentians the opportunity to work in Canada, maybe soon starting in the UK.

Caesar says that a number of persons in the cruise ship sector and local hospitality sector had been making the shift and applying to the Canadian fruit-picking program.

The UK fruit-picking program is in the works and is currently being discussed. The UK currently has a seasonal worker program for up to 6 months.

“There are some persons who worked on the cruise ships; there are some persons who had different jobs in the hospitality industry locally and because of the slowdown in that area, they have now applied to what you call the fruits picking program, the program in Canada,” Caesar said.

Caesar said the discussion is still in its early stages, but they have started a discussion with the UK for a similar program and the departments of labour and foreign affairs, they are working out several possible arrangements that can take place to ensure that persons get this opportunity to work overseas, not only in Canada but also in the United Kingdom.

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  1. Twenty years after our Education Revolution we are still bragging about sending hundreds of farm workers instead of hundreds of programmers or engineers!
    Well you know one of the characteristics of a revolution is that you end up right where you start!

    1. This farm picking picture looks too much like slavery all over again. Agriculture minister can’t do better than that? How do yo plan to develop agriculture in SVG? Such low hanging fruit. It’s high time SVG be given real opportunities for national growth. Britain took everything from us already. In times of natural disasters they are usually late or no shows at the party. Self sufficiency is viable. Why do we keep returning to beg for crumbs? If they really want to help- how about infrastructure support, medical and small business ventures support ?

  2. This farm picking picture looks too much like slavery all over again. Agriculture minister can’t do better than that? How do yo plan to develop agriculture in SVG? Such low hanging fruit. It’s high time SVG be given real opportunities for national growth. Britain took everything from us already. In times of natural disasters they are usually late or no shows at the party. Self sufficiency is viable. Why do we keep returning to beg for crumbs? If they really want to help- how about infrastructure support, medical and small business ventures support ?

  3. Australia is also much in need of farm workers at the current time. Many crops are going to waste due to lack of farm labour. The climate particularly in Queensland is much more like SVG.
    Some farms are currently providing accommodation and reports are wages up to AUD$2000 per week are being paid on some farms. Governments of both countries should be taking!
    There has also been reports of difficulty getting hospitality workers in places like Cairns in far North Queensland.