The National Initiative to Create Employment (NICE), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production, Fisheries, Co-operatives and Rural Development to formally launch the Farm Labour Support Programme (FLSP).
The FARM LABOUR SUPPORT PROGRAM (FLSP) is designed to stimulate the Agricultural Sector through the utilization of specially trained and skilled personnel to serve as ‘farm laborers’ on farms that have been dormant/inactive/underdeveloped or have been forced to close within the past six (6) months or longer.
The rationale behind this initiative is two-fold: to create sustainable employment opportunities in the local Agricultural Sector and; to subsequently develop a shift in the mindset of persons working within the Sector to view Agriculture, and farming in particular, as a business.
In this regard, NICE has facilitated the training of 150 persons who will be assigned to work on farms in six (6) agricultural regions namely Region 2 – Babonneau, Region 3 – Dennery North and South, Region 4 – Praslin through to Desruisseaux, Region 5 – Canelles to River Doree, Region 6 – Choiseul to Soufriere and Region 7 – Anse-La-Raye/Canaries. These persons will not only be fully equipped with the technical skills needed to maintain high yields, but also the business acumen that will guarantee the sustainability of their farms to produce consistently and efficiently.