Forty-three new persons are among the first batch of 300 farm workers who will take up employment opportunities this year under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers’ Programme, SAWP.

The SAWP forms part of the Ministry of Labour’s Overseas Employment Programme.

It involves contractual agricultural workers who are recruited to meet the short-term demand of manual labour during planting and harvesting seasons.

The workers will be employed in greenhouse crop production, food processing, tobacco planting, vegetable farming and fruit tree cultivation.

A batch of farm workers left the island yesterday. Another group is expected to leave today.

The majority of them will be deployed to the Ontario region of Canada.

For the 2017 calendar year, a total of 9,367 workers travelled to Canada, both under the SAWP and the Low Skill Programme.