NICE Introduces the Farm Labor Support Program to Region 8

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NICE Introduces the Farm Labor Support Program to Region 8

2016-01-29 08_30_20-Fw_ PRESS RELEASE AND VIDEO - slunewsonline@gmail.com - GmailPRESS RELEASE – On Wednesday January 27th 2016 the National Initiative to create employment (NICE), engaged a new group of community members as it continues to foster employment and support the Agricultural sector.

This time, NICE held a meeting with farmers and other members of the community to discuss the implementation of the Farm Labor Support Program (FLSP) in region 8, (Ravine Poisson to Cul De Sac).  With the program successfully implemented in regions 1-7 and yielding many positive results for farmers and workers alike, the project has engaged the key stakeholders from the community in the planning process for region eight (8).

The introduction of the Farm Labor Support Program (FLSP) in February 2014 was crucial in facilitating the growth and sustainability of the agriculture sector as represented by the increase in food production around the island, and a general a shift in the mindset of persons working within the agricultural sector.

The FLSP is a collaboration between the National Initiative to Create Employment (NICE) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production and Rural Development. It was designed to stimulate the agricultural sector through the utilization of specially trained and skilled personnel to serve as “farm laborers” on dormant/inactive/under producing farms or farms that have been forced to close within the past six months or longer due to: high cost of production, unavailability of skilled labor, inability to afford skilled labor, and loss or lack of market share.

The initiative is also an attempt at stimulating the interest of the youth in agricultural production and provides them with an opportunity to experience success through the development of transferable job and life-skills.  The program targets unemployed persons between the ages of 16 – 45 for specialty training in crop production from land preparation through to harvesting.

Persons within region 8 who are interested in participating in the program are asked to contact the NICE Office at 468-2177 or visit the office located on the 3rd floor of the Blue Coral Mall in the William Peter Boulevard.  

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  1. I will never forget! I have had some unreasonable treatment in the past trying to join up with the farm labour migration to Canada and earn a living with that programme. Went to the labour office on the waterfront to put my name down. I was never given a chance to even look at the form per say. This guy doing those selections as i was hoping to go on that mission of work.Choose all his friends and not me. St.lucians as usual with their fight down.

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  2. I will never forget! I have had some unreasonable treatment in the past trying to join up with the farm labour migration to Canada and earn a living with that programme. Went to the labour office on the waterfront to put my name down. I was never given a chance to even look at the form per say. This guy doing those selections as who should go on that mission. Choose all his friends and not me. St.lucians as usual with their fight down.

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  3. Both major parties are hellbent on just making noises about picking the lowest hanging fruit.

    it is therefore not surprising that BOTH are happily tripping over each other in the joyful perpetuation for generations to come, a majority workforce of superbly-skilled farm hands, hotel maids, and roadside maintenance grass-cutting trimmers.

    Party faithfuls on the other hand, are too happy to just make do with such jobs or join the ranks of STEP's dispensable, but from birth to death, working-poor workers.

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