Seventy-one Ni-Vanuatu workers are to be recruited to begin work as fruit and vegetable pickers on five different farms in Australia for the 2014 season period.
Vanuatu's Department of Labour, through its Recognized Seasonal Employment Scheme, or RSE scheme, says it has encountered another milestone that it believes should keep the 'ball rolling' for recruitment to Australia.
The Commissioner of Labour, Lionel Kaluat, says Pacific Crop Harvesting, a specialist farm-work labour hire company, has been permitted to recruit in Vanuatu.
The Vanuatu Daily post reports the company is interested in recruiting workers from Vanuatu on a trial and if they prove reliable, the company will consider increasing the number of workers.
The director of Pacific Crop Harvesting, Emmanuel Bani, says a shortage of laborers at the farms has prompted him to recruit workers from neighboring Melanesian countries Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
He says he wants the whole population to benefit from this arrangement.