ON HIRING FARM WORKERS: Memoirs Of An Agri Journalist

In our work as agriculture journalist, we encounter people with different ideas. Some are unique, practical and doable. When it comes to hiring farm workers, we remember the idea of Kerwin Padua who used to manage the family’s orchard in Laguna.

He has since migrated to New Zealand but we can’t forget his idea of hiring farm workers. He prefers workers from Negros Island for a couple of good reasons. One, Negros is quite far from Luzon. Because of that, the worker will not go home often. Also, workers in Negros are used to hard work because they work as ‘sacada’ in the sugarcane plantation.

He does not like hiring workers from around his farm. Why? Because the worker will find every small occasion for taking a day-off. Just like when there is a baptism or wedding in the neighborhood. Or a birthday party of a relative.

ALL WOMEN CREW – On the other hand, a shrimp farmer from Bacolod has another idea. When we interviewed him years back, he had a dozen all-women farm crew. Why so? He said the women don’t go to the beer garden all night and get drunk Also, according to him, the girls are more conscientious than male workers. He could be right.

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