Farm hunt

Govt actively looking for work for Bajans overseas

With the local economy under severe strain and stress and pressure mounting on Government to cut jobs, the Freundel Stuart administration has stepped up its efforts to find work for Barbadians overseas.

Following a recent visit to Washington DC, Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo has revealed that Government is actively pursuing opportunities under the US H2A Agricultural Work Programme.

In fact, she said today in a release issued by the Barbados Government Information Service this evening that her recent presentation to US-based employers was received with “much interest and enthusiasm”.

Under the H-2A programme employers or agents who meet specific regulatory requirements are allowed to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary agricultural jobs. However, they are required to file an I-129 form, petition for nonimmigrant worker, on a prospective worker’s behalf.

Barbados is currently included on the list of over 80 countries whose citizens are eligible to participate in the agricultural programme.

In the meantime, at least a dozen Barbadians are expected to find work on a Canadian pig farm.

During a recent courtesy visit on the Minister at her Warrens Office, Canadians Mike and Amy Cronin, the owners of Cronin Farms in Ontario, said they were looking for 12 to 15 people to look after their pigs and assist with general work on their farms over a two-year period.

As such, Byer-Suckoo assured them that her ministry would only select the “right” candidates” with “the right attitude”.

“At the end of the day . . . we do not want employers to stop looking at Barbados as a source country because we have sent the wrong individuals,” she told the Cronins, who also have farms in the US.

The Minister of Labour also pointed out that foreign agricultural programmes of this nature have provided good opportunities for Barbadian workers over the past 50 years.

Her comments came against the backdrop of concern over the general state of the Barbados economy, which is currently running on unsustainable deficit of eight per cent of its gross domestic product, while national unemployment is said to be in the ten per cent range. The island’s foreign reserves have also fallen to the lowest level in 14 years to $681 million at the end of December 2016, with former Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados Dr DeLisle Worrell recently warning of the need for major spending cuts and an urgent need to stop printing money.

17 Responses to Farm hunt

  1. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe February 27, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    “her ministry would only select the “right” candidates” with “the right attitude”.

    To work on a PIG farm or picking cotton in Canada like a slave ….

    No wonder wanna got rid of free education in barbados …

    What are you really doing as minister of labor ….. stupseeee

  2. Charles Alleyne
    Charles Alleyne February 28, 2017 at 12:25 am

    They are other work work programs in Canada ..why not try to get some of our people into these here beside the farm labour program.I think it is time to expand this program to other areas and there is a demand for other areas of employment here.So Mr Minister it’s time to move and developed this labour programs to others areas.

  3. Steve L. Jemmott
    Steve L. Jemmott February 28, 2017 at 2:23 am

    So We train our citizens to do quality technical work at our local institutions. Then we import outsiders to do this same type of work ,while send our ” trained” to work on pig farms abroad. And we must be happy about all this ! …..we must be dumb.

    • Jennifer February 28, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      @Sleve J – hahahahaha “we must be dumb”. Long time. We people here working on pig farms too. It’s all part of the system and enslavement program.

      • Jennifer February 28, 2017 at 6:30 pm

        Working on pig farms here too.

  4. Dave Person
    Dave Person February 28, 2017 at 2:28 am

    DLP = stop UWI start + farm labour….tsk tsk tsk

  5. Jasmine February 28, 2017 at 4:31 am

    This foolish woman mekkin mess always alla de tam dies she !!!!

    Sit ya ass dawn in bin en don ah waste we money. Stupse

    Wunah give we lan ta farm den we plan crop an sell banana an lettuce ta USA an grow we Nation

    An me no go skuul fa da matta but I smart pass wunnah


    • Donild Trimp February 28, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      Jasmine, can you please translate to make it a little easier for us ordinary folks to understand.


  6. Ch February 28, 2017 at 7:34 am

    @jasmine you wrote a whole lot of garbage that dosnt make any sense.

  7. Alex Alleyne February 28, 2017 at 8:52 am

    WHO IN THE WORLD WILL LEAVE BIM TO GO FOR THESE “LOW-END-JOBS”. Ms Suckoo, is this the best you can do ??????.

  8. Helicopter(8P) February 28, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Loving those Iowa Large whites; their backs are as broad as the Swing bridge. Those guys are definitely not Lanrace! haven’t seen Berkshires out west!

  9. Donild Trimp February 28, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Is this woman really a Minister in the Barbados Government? What a disgrace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A dozen Barbadians to find work on a pig farm in Canada. Minister Esther Byer will ensure the pig farmers get the right candidate with the right attitude.

    Visit any pig farm in Canada and see how many Canadians work on them. Other than the owners’s immediate family, the answer is a big “ZERO”.

    Are there no Canadians with “the right attitude” to work on pig farms in Canada?

    To all you Barbadians out there, I have nothing against people working on pig farms so if you feel comfortable with slave ——————- just saying.

  10. MIIB February 28, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    No wonder we import eggs, carrots and heaven knows what. Working with a massive import bill as we are not subsistence led. Imagine that whilst local agriculture suffers from manpower, equipment etc



  11. Ossie Moore February 28, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Well it some kind of employment. But what about planting some forty acres o’ coconut planters and having those plants taken care of, that’ll be jobs well deserved. The hotel industry local vendors and the Pine Hill Dairy (BHL) would welcomed this venture with eyes closed.

  12. jus me February 28, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Not worthy of any comment.

    Bare SH%%E

  13. Tony Webster February 28, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    @Jus me…er…jus’ me, and you…as I agree! I can readily understand why a few desperatel folks would be getting-in a few last-lap trips…but I cannt believe anyone so flitting around, would have G.I.S issue a press release, to quote the good lady”s trumpet voluntary, that her presentation “was received with much interest and enthusiasm”. Even those “hardened” professionals at G.I.S…must have had their “skin scrawl” to put their hands to such piffle. Evidently, shame is “off-menu”.

  14. Back Freight April 26, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Well it must look good fuh she! Fuh dem tek care of large white porkies up in Canada! As you know Bajans good at that kind o’ thing!


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