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Dairy Farms can Hire Migrant Workers, Says MOL

10 April 2019

TAIWAN - Dairy farms are to be allowed to hire up to 400 migrant workers in an effort to help solve the sector’s labor shortage, the Ministry of Labor (MOL) said on Tuesday.

Qualified dairy farms can hire migrant workers in accordance with the procedures for recruiting local laborers, effective immediately, said Hsueh Chien-chung, a section head at the Workforce Development Agency.

Farms with a minimum of 80 cows that employ at least four Taiwanese could apply to hire one migrant worker, at a minimum monthly wage of NT$28,000, the MOL said.

In addition, up to 450 young Indonesians annually would be able to work in agriculture under an internship programme, with the first group of 75 expected to arrive next month, Council of Agriculture (COA) official Su Meng-lan said.

Requests have been received from 118 farms since the programme was announced last month, Su said.

The plan is based on a Japanese apprentice system that allows firms to accept foreign skilled workers from developing economies to fill personnel gaps, the council said.

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Source: Taipei Times

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