GIS - 26 September, 2013: Thirty operators in the Agro-industry sector have, under the Circular Migration project, been selected for a two-week training programme from 7 to 19 October at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari which is a centre of excellence in research and training for sustainable agriculture in Italy.
The participants received their air tickets on September 24 from the Minister of Agro Industry and Food Security and Attorney General, Mr Satya Veyash Faugoo and the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment, Mr Shakeel Mohamed.
The project which is a pilot activity consists of capacity building of Mauritian growers and processors engaged in the agri-business sector. It is an initiative of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies-Directorate General of Immigration of Italy, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment in Mauritius and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) mission to Mauritius.
An agreement on circular migration was signed in September 2012 between the Government of Mauritius and the Government of Italy providing for economic development assistance to Mauritius through investment in human resources, focusing mainly on the acquisition of know-how in new technologies and strategic development. The project is being implemented by the IOM, with funding from the European Union and the Government of Italy.
By virtue of the agreement workers/operators in the Agro-industry will, amongst others, be offered training. The training programme will help promote partnership between Italian and stakeholders in Mauritius and Rodrigues involved in the agro industry chain (growers, organisation, providers of field machinery, food technology providers, and exporters). Consequently as a result of a visit of an Italian delegation in Mauritius in May this year, the Italian side has agreed to provide a two weeks training to the workers/operators.
The training programme will give participants the opportunity to familiarise themselves with management approaches to sustainable agriculture focusing on innovation in the crop value chain of the Italian agro industry in terms of production, organisation, technology use and market orientation, compliance with international standard requirements (both in the production as well as in the post-harvest and agro food processing value chain).
In addition to an exposure to agricultural and agro-processing technologies suitable for SMEs, the training will encourage farmers in Mauritius and Rodrigues to add value to their products by adopting new strategies to differentiate their commodity products for local and export markets (certification, niche products). They will also have an insight of machinery, plant and technologies used in agricultural production.
With a view to further promote circular migration projects, the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment, Mr Shakeel Mohamed, is currently on a mission to Canada to discuss with the Canadian authorities on migration related issues. He will discuss topics relating to labour and migration projects for the placement and employment of Mauritian nationals in professional , skilled and unskilled jobs in Quebec; technical assistance to improve the Labour Market Information System; assessment of Mauritian nationals already in employment in Canada; and scholarships programme for Mauritius.
The Minister will sign a bilateral agreement with the Canadian authorities for the promotion of youth mobility and placement of Mauritian nationals in enterprises in Quebec. He will also participate in a high level dialogue on International Migration and Development to be held on 3 and 4 October in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
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