Eight St. Lucians to be employed at Canadian farm

Eight St. Lucians to be employed at Canadian farm

Farm owners recently conducted interviews in Saint Lucia with eight pre-selected workers, under the Seasonal Farm Worker Program.

The interest of a Canadian couple to invest in Saint Lucia’s agricultural industry has opened up additional employment opportunities for Saint Lucians in Canada.

Owners of Ferme du Domaine, Jean-Yves and Anne Renel, arrived in Saint Lucia on Feb. 14 to conduct interviews with eight pre-selected workers who will be employed on their farm under the Seasonal Farm Worker Program.

The employment opportunity provided by the Renels emanated from a visit to Canada by a four- member delegation headed by Minister for Labor, Hon. Stephenson King. about four months ago, to assess the Seasonal Farm Worker Program. This is the first time that Saint Lucians will be employed at Ferme du Domaine.

“As a native of a Caribbean island, because my husband was born in Martinique, the history of the two islands are too close that we would want to run the chance of building a stronger relationship beyond seasonal work and invest as much as possible; so we want to go through a step by step approach, be reasonable people from both sides, but hopefully build a strong relationship over time,” Mrs. Renel said.

While in Saint Lucia the Canadian couple met with officials from Invest Saint Lucia to explore the possibilities of purchasing or leasing farm lands. They also paid a visit to the Ministry of Agriculture to discuss opportunities for exporting produce such as peppers, cucumbers and dasheen from Saint Lucia to Canada.

“We have already discussed other areas of cooperation, among them being the potential of developing an agro-tourism product, and we are hoping we can expand on and be able to indicate the mechanics in getting such a product going,” Minister King said.

“The third area is a linkage between Canadian farm work and the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College to see how it can bring about programs of internship, apprenticeship and training. So it’s really a step by step approach which presents tremendous opportunity, which we at the Department of Labor need to cultivate to ensure that it brings about the benefits that we are looking for which is training, opportunities, employment opportunities, and hopefully investment opportunities in Saint Lucia.

The eight farmers selected will be employed at the Canadian farm for an initial period of three months.

14 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    February 16, 2017 at 11:59 am Reply

    I hope they all are not flambos only.

  2. Anonymous
    February 16, 2017 at 12:31 pm Reply

    The workers of the Nice program should take the initiative especially those trained and skilled in crop production now that come March their contracts will end and not be renewed.

  3. Anonymous
    February 16, 2017 at 1:05 pm Reply

    You’ll are sick peoole is not uwp alone that going or r slp i no of young man thst went up and they did not come back and they was working with lime they have their friends and only men no ladies

  4. Anonymous
    February 16, 2017 at 1:09 pm Reply

    Why are they not employing ladies

  5. Anonymous
    February 16, 2017 at 1:15 pm Reply

    Why don’t give ladies a chance to

  6. Anonymous
    February 16, 2017 at 5:09 pm Reply

    I am so happy for the workers of nice
    especially the uwp voters. Because there are more uwp than slp in there. Change, change change.

    1. Concern
      February 16, 2017 at 7:18 pm Reply

      Hello stop being primitive useless worthl people

  7. Sad-But-True
    February 16, 2017 at 5:34 pm Reply

    Smh, ‘5 to stay alive’.

    1. Anonymous
      February 17, 2017 at 1:09 am Reply

      YES “5 TO STAY ALIVE”

  8. Shermain
    February 17, 2017 at 8:34 am Reply

    ST_Lucie need to stop seating on their back sides and stop looking for hand out from other countries,if other countries can see potential in our country,and our people ,why are we not seeing it in our selves. The government want to send people to Canada to farm land.How about they stop selling our land to foriners,and invest it in our own farmers and sell our produce to other countries..

    1. Anonymous
      February 17, 2017 at 11:25 am Reply

      well said!!!!!

      1. Anon Y. Mous
        February 18, 2017 at 5:47 am Reply

        Not really. Aside from the terrible spelling mistakes, this is how civilised countries do it. This is a modern plan of action and I think it’s about time St Lucians stop living in the dark ages and having ancient belief systems and try to catch up with the modern world.

  9. janel
    February 17, 2017 at 11:15 pm Reply

    Wow. The govt selling us out. Wow

    1. Anon Y. Mous
      February 18, 2017 at 5:45 am Reply

      Shut up you idiot. Because you were too lazy to do manual labour you think you can sit and judge??

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