Rice Traders Organizes Training Workshop For Rice Value Chain
Faizan Hashmi 23 hours ago Thu 17th September 2020 | 02:11 PM
The rice traders organized safety and capacity building training workshop for rice millers and other agriculture sector stakeholders in rice value chain, especially to protect the work place rights of woman rice transplanter
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Sep, 2020 ) :The rice traders organized safety and capacity building training workshop for rice millers and other agriculture sector stakeholders in rice value chain, especially to protect the work place rights of woman rice transplanter.
The Rice Partners Pvt Ltd (RPL) one of the top rice exporter of Pakistan in collaboration of Helvetas Pakistan and Swiss Solidarity piloted another Phase-III training workshop�to train the agri-workers associated with rice value chain to create awareness of field work for women agri-workers,said a press release issued here on Thursday.
The development sector organizations also involved in the training process to sensitize the agriculture women workers about fundamental rights of the children of female agriculture workers,especially the rice transplanters.
The Rice Partners Pvt Ltd (RPL) one of the top rice exporter of Pakistan in collaboration of Helvetas Pakistan and Swiss Solidarity piloted a training workshop�to train the rice millers, development sector organizations to sensitize them about fundamental rights of the children of female agriculture workers,� especially the rice transplanters, said a press release issued here on Thursday.
Manager Sustainability RPL, Zafar Iqbal while giving the opening remarks highlighted the initiatives of RPL to promote and ensure decent working conditions in rice value chain of Pakistan.� He said that RPL started its philanthropic work from the development of farmers and now it has expanded to the labourers of agriculture sector.
Manager Sustainability RPL also narrated that RPL is also working for welfare of agriculture labor. RPL established Community Mother Centers at multiple villages of district Sheikhupura in which decent environment was provided to the children of agriculture labour particularly female rice transplanters.
He added that Free Medical Camps were also organized to provide free medication to the rice transplanters at their working places throughout the rice transplanting season.�He said that around 15,000 families engage in rice transplanting every year only from district�Sheikhupura and more than 100,000 from all over the Punjab.� A common practice is that�all members from a family take part in transplanting work and children from those families also accompanied their parents.
Renowned Senior Child rights�activist and consultant Ms Sadia Hussain said that physical, emotional�and psychological health of children belonging to agriculture labour�must be considered for a conducive working environment in the rice�value chain.
She said that the protection of children and vulnerable adults is a�collective societal responsibility.� She said that we must protect the fundamental rights of children particularly right to name, education, health, safety, security;�freedom of expression, freedom of association without any discrimination on the basis of race, colour, gender, religion, caste and creed.
Senior Corporate and Development sector Consultant, Annan Waffi�Qureshi on the occasion said that juvenile rights should be prioritized�in every sector including the agriculture sector.� He highlighted the mode of communication to create the awareness for�children's rights and their protection, especially who belongs to the�families working in the rice value chain.� He said that to engage the children in labour work whether forcefully or voluntarily is now a crime in Pakistan and everyone who is present here must raise his/her voice against this crime. He also highlighted the referral mechanism to report the cases of violation of rights of children. He further added that there are a number of government and non-government organizations that are working for protection of rights of children.
Child Protection and Welfare Bureau and Search for Justice are the prominent institutes which are particularly working for protection of children and stopping violations of their rights.
Field Manager, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Mr. Zahid�Rehman also addressed the participants on the occasion.
He said that working conditions of the farms were highly�hazardous and exposed children to several risks of insect bites,�injuries and infections, exposure to extreme heat and pesticides�without any shelter.
Rehman added that keeping in view the hazardous conditions of farms Helvetas and RPL provided moveable�backpack canopies covered from all sides to the children of rice transplanters to avoid the insects and�provision of shelters along with the dry food, repellents, and water�coolers in rice cultivation region of the Punjab.�He further added that�similarly, for the larger group of families working jointly at farmlevel, a bigger shelter tent along with solar plates, fans, air�cooler, water cooler and first aid boxes were provided to keep the�children in a healthy and safe environment at farm level.