Press Release:- Caribbean women in farming have come in for high praise from Saint Lucia`s Labour Minister Honorable Stephenson King.
At a recent tour of a local farm with delegates attending the 2018 annual review meeting of the Canada-Caribbean Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme, Minister King observed that Caribbean women have broken many barriers and now stand toe to toe with their male counterparts in the agricultural sector.
The Cox Farm nestled in the community of Vanard on the west of Saint Lucia, is a true success story – where fifty percent of the workforce are women.
Labour Minister King says the Cabinet in which he serves will continue to lobby for equal rights and treatment for female workers across the board.
Canadian farm owners are becoming increasingly interested in the employ of female farm workers from the region. As such moves are currently afoot to increase the number of women employed on the Canadian Farm Worker Programme.
Beth Connery who owns and operates a farm in Manitoba, Canada says herself and many of her colleagues are satisfied that Caribbean female farm workers can perform.
She explains that farm owners want to ensure conducive accommodation for female workers, in order to facilitate increase numbers.
Barbados`s Labour Minister Hon. Colin Jordan is desirous to see Caribbean countries come together to further enhance the opportunities of the Canadian farm initiative.
Minister Jordan says notwithstanding individual domestic circumstances; the region stands to benefit more from collaborative work on the programme – recognizing that there is strength in numbers.
In addition to the employment generated and transfer of substantial remittances, Caribbean countries also benefit from knowledge transfer among participating farmers.
President of the Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Services (FARMS), in Ontario Canada Mr Kenneth Forth says there is further scope to offer technical support to the region.
The Canada-Caribbean Seasonal Farm Worker Programme has been in existence since 1966. It represents one of the finest forms of corporation between Canada and the Caribbean.