Rice Traders Organizes Training Workshop For Rice Value Chain
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 20th 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 Sunday.
The development sector organizations also involved in the training process to sensitize 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 rice millers, development sector organizations to sensitize them about fundamental rights of the children of female agriculture workers, especially the rice transplanters.
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.
Renowned Senior Child rights activist and consultant Sadia Hussain said 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 protection of children and vulnerable adults is a collective societal responsibility.
She said they 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 also highlighted referral mechanism to report 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 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.