By: Yu Shiao-hen and Flor Wang
Taipei, Jan. 30 (CNA) The Ministry of Labor (MOL) said Wednesday that it will allow dairy farms to hire migrant workers on a trial basis as part of an effort to help solve the labor shortage problem in that sector.
“As early as July, the hiring of migrant workers will be allowed in the dairy farming sector on a trial basis,” Hsueh Chien-chung (薛鑑忠), a section chief at the MOL’s Workforce Development Agency, said, adding that the decision was made at an MOL meeting earlier in the day.
He said implementation of the policy would require amendments to the relevant laws, while the Council of Agriculture (COA) would be required to report on the outcome of the policy after a year.
Tsai Pei-chun (蔡佩君), executive secretary at the COA’s Personnel Office, said that in the initial stages of the plan, dairy farmers who have at least 80 cows and currently employ at least four local farmers will be eligible to apply for one migrant worker.