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Israel opens 476 agriculture jobs for Sri Lankans
Publication Date : 20-08-2013
More employment opportunities in Israel's agriculture sector will soon be made available for young Sri Lankans, said Sri Lanka's Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister Dilan Perera.
Under the programme, a pilot batch of 476 workers specialising in the agriculture sector will soon be offered jobs in Israel.
Perera said that six-month visas will be issued to the workers who will earn monthly salaries between 150,000 to 200,000 Sri Lankan rupees (US$1,137 to $1,516), and based on the workers' performance, the visas will be extended.
He said that Israel uses modern and environmentally-friendly technology in its agriculture industry, which lends to high productivity and cost-effectiveness, making the country a tough competitor on the international level. Therefore, working there would provide Sri Lankan labourers with invaluable experience and knowledge.
Those who have been selected to work in Israel are currently undergoing training at the Maduru Oya and Minneriya Army training camps, as they would be expected to work in considerably difficult environments.
Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment deputy general manager and media spokesman Mangala Randeniya told The Island that the bureau has not yet tapped into the European job market.
He said that as a government institution, the bureau has only formed collaborations with Korea and recently the Israeli government, for job opporunities for Sri Lankans.
Jobs in West Asia are usually obtained through private institutions.