By: Yang Su-min and Chung Yu-chen
Taipei, April 9 (CNA) Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor (MOL) said Tuesday that dairy farms will be allowed to hire up to 400 migrant workers in an effort to help solve the labor shortage problem in that sector, starting the same day.
Hsueh Chien-chung (薛鑑忠), a section chief at the ministry’s Workforce Development Agency, said qualified dairy farms can hire migrant workers in accordance with the procedures for recruiting local laborers.
According to MOL, dairy farms with a minimum of 80 cows that currently employ at least four local farm workers will be eligible to apply to hire one migrant worker, with the minimum monthly wage being NT$28,000 (US$908).
In addition, Taiwan will also allow up to 450 Indonesian youths to work in the agriculture sector every year under an agricultural internship program, with the first group of 75 expected to arrive in May, Council of Agriculture (COA) official Su Meng-lan (蘇夢蘭) said, adding that 118 farms have already put in requests following the announcement of the program in March. [FULL STORY]