Because almost 11 years have passed since the Chapingo Autonomous University (UACh) carried out the last survey on agricultural day laborers, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader) prepares the proposal to raise a Single Register of Migrant Agricultural Day Workers and apply a new Survey on agricultural day laborers, reported Víctor Villalobos Arámbula, head of the agency.
When participating in the launch of the DEAR T-MEC Standard by the International Fruit and Vegetable Alliance for the Promotion of Social Responsibility and the National Agricultural Council (CNA), the official announced that a diagnosis of the sector will be made and added that a Pilot Program to support the decent life and occupation of agricultural laborers and their families, in entities of the Northwest: Sinaloa and Baja California and in the care of laborers in the tomato and chile agricultural fields.
Likewise, a prototype of an agricultural shelter protocol for agricultural day laborers and their families is promoted, in which the fulfillment of decent housing, health, education, quality food and family coexistence is guaranteed in all regions of attraction and demand for workers. from the countryside and their families.
He recognized the initiative of the DEAR T-MEC standard and said that it reflects the commitment to comply, through co-responsibility between government agencies and private organizations, with the provisions of Chapter 23 of the T-MEC to guarantee decent working conditions for rural producers.
He stressed that the agri-food sector constitutes an essential pillar of the country’s exports. “Deepening this policy is promoting and supporting economic growth in rural areas that results in decent living conditions for agricultural workers and their families.”
He stressed that it is Sader’s strategic priority to increase agricultural and fishery-aquaculture production and productivity and contribute to the well-being of rural women and men.
He explained that the articulation between productive agriculture and inclusion is essential, since the significant increase in productivity levels has to contribute to the reduction of inequality that manifests itself, more clearly and palpably, in rural territories.
He stressed that day laborers and their families are an essential factor in agricultural activities. “They contribute to the dynamism of the agri-food sector and the export of food that generates billions of dollars in foreign currency to the country. But more than anything, they are Mexicans who demand official attention for their right to a decent life and work. ”
He noted that the National Agricultural Survey 2019, estimated the creation of 12.9 million jobs (contract) as a day laborer in the Production Units. Each job as a day laborer has an average 21-day contract and his pay per workday is 176.50 pesos.
“In the Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development we recognize the contribution of agricultural day laborers to the agri-food sector. With their work and commitment, the field does not stop. Our sector has maintained positive growth rates and has increased its exports, despite the coronavirus pandemic and the economic crisis that affects Mexico and the rest of the world. ”
Due to the contribution and importance of these agricultural workers, it is mandatory to ensure better living conditions and a fair labor market for agricultural laborers and their families. “Our Sectorial Program 2020-2024 contemplates in its objective of an inclusive Agriculture, to contribute for it”.