MoL weighs seasonal farm visas

MoL weighs seasonal farm visas
Updated 13 December 2013

MoL weighs seasonal farm visas

MoL weighs seasonal farm visas

The Ministry of Labor (MoL) is considering granting the agriculture sector special privileges by allowing farmers to have seasonal visas to recruit workers.
The move is aimed at overcoming problems faced by the sector in the wake of the crackdown by the authorities on undocumented workers. Once the proposal is cleared, agriculture will be the third sector to be given special privileges after Haj and Umrah sectors which were also granted seasonal visas.
Eid Al-Shamari, head of the agriculture committee at the Saudi Council of Chambers, said the committee took up the issue of seasonal workers after a thorough and detailed study of the urgent need for such workers in various areas of agriculture including poultry, fisheries, livestock and in olive, palm and vegetable farms.
He said the move to have seasonal workers in agricultural activities would lead to a drop in production costs, which in turn will reflect on the end prices for consumers.
“There are 250,000 farms in the Kingdom employing more than 500,000 workers. About 80 percent of them are skilled laborers. And there is need to increase their numbers to meet the demand for seasonal workers especially during harvest time,” Al-Shamari said.