Kuwait Times, Monday, Jan 30, 2023 | Rajab 8, 1444
Fishermen Union seeks entry permits for expat laborers
Head of the Kuwait Fishermen Union Thaher
Al-Suwayyan has requested Interior Minister Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled Al-Sabah to
allow entry permits for expatriate workers, as the industry currently is short
of labor and local replacements are not available.
“The Kuwaiti labor market needs more fishing workers because many of the
expatriate laborers have left the country and do not intend to return. The
necessity of approving applications submitted by the owners of fishing licenses
is very important at this juncture, so that they can carry out their national
duty by ensuring marine food security for the people of Kuwait,” Suwayyan
He hoped the fishing sector will be able to overcome the challenges facing it,
foremost of which is the provision of employment, stressing the importance of
concerted efforts for the common good. “Many members of the union applied for
new work permits for employing fishermen and they were not answered, either with
a rejection or approval. As a result, their files became suspended. Many fishing
boats have stopped working due to a lack of fishing workers as no replacement
was made for the laborers who left the country,” he added.
Meanwhile, head of the Union of Fresh Dairy Producers Abdulhakim Al-Ahmad said:
“The agriculture authority lacks long-term plans, and some of its officials work
without clear plans that support farmers producing or working in the livestock
sector. The sector is suffering due to the lack of experience among leaders and
Ahmad pointed out that the agricultural authority lacks technically qualified
and specialized national labor, pointing to the lack of clarity in its plan
aimed at increasing animal production or protecting the livestock sector. He
added most of the current problems were predicted by the Union of Fresh Dairy
Producers before they occurred, but there is no one in the authority to address
these issues, he said.
“We predicted the problem of a shortage of livestock feed four years ago without
the commission paying any attention to it. This led to a rise in feed prices
during the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It also
ignored the solutions provided to control the spread of animal diseases,
immunity weakness and other veterinary problems,” he added.
“It is important that the state provides immunizations and veterinary care for
cows and livestock for five continuous years without interruption, in
coordination with the finance ministry, who in turn has expressed its readiness
to provide funds for all immunizations required by the authority to control
epidemics. It also directed the Kuwait Municipality to approve the establishment
of dairy factories in the union farms because they are marketing outlets in
accordance with the terms and conditions in place,” he added.