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Opportunity for Montserrat workers on Canadian farms
Published on April 9, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

BRADES, Montserrat (GIU) -- Workers on Montserrat are once again being offered an opportunity to work on Canadian farms.

The Department of Labour is accepting applications for the Seasonal Agricultural Farm Workers programme in Canada for the 2014 season.

The seasonal labour program, at the root of the country’s fruit and vegetable industry, is ready for the upcoming growing season -- once the record-breaking winter eventually releases the country from its frigid grip.

The Department of Labour in Montserrat indicated that only persons who are Montserratians either by birth or naturalization are eligible for the Canadian farm workers’ programme.

The deadline for receipt of applications is April 22.

Widely recognized as the best of its kind in the world, the programme was established in 1966 to respond to a critical shortage of available and suitable local Canadian agricultural workers.

Seasonal farm labour is hired from Montserrat and other countries to augment the cadre of domestic workers.

Five workers from Montserrat participated in the programme last year, when they worked on three different farms.

They were engaged in harvesting tobacco and apples as well as tomato canning.

The Department of Labour says the program also pays tremendous dividends for the seasonal workers hired each year from Montserrat

It says the income allows the workers to improve the standard of living of their families.

Montserrat has been participating in the Canadian farm workers programme for more than 40 years.
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