Fourteen children of sugarcane workers recently completed a four-month sugarcane farms technician training conducted by the Sugar Industry Foundation Inc., in coordination with the Sugar Regulatory Administration at the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, SIFI president Edith Villanueva, said yesterday.
Villanueva said the participants, who are high school graduates, were taught methods in pest control, harvesting, planting and cultivation and were also educated about concepts on labor laws and financial management.
They will also undergo on-the-job trainings, she added.
The second batch composed of 15 children will be enrolled in the training this month. She also said that sugar planters want these people to be skilled, productive and efficient when they become their employees, so the country can compete with other sugar-producing nations like Thailand and Brazil.*APN