FGV CON­FI­DENT OF TACK­LING LABOUR SHORT­AGE

600 for­eign work­ers hired to date, with more to ar­rive in stages, says Khairil

New Straits Times - - Business -

KUALA LUMPUR

FELDA Global Ven­tures Hold­ings Bhd (FGV) is op­ti­mistic about over­com­ing the labour short­age at its plan­ta­tions. Datuk Khairil Anuar Aziz, the of­fi­cer-in-charge of group pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer du­ties, said the pro­gramme car­ried out to over­come the short­age had seen pos­i­tive re­sults.

“The pro­gramme is pro­gress­ing smoothly and work­ers from Bangladesh and In­done­sia have be­gun to ar­rive in stages to cover the short­age of about 8,000 work­ers.

“To date, we have hired al­most 600 for­eign work­ers. This is top pri­or­ity for FGV to en­sure op­ti­mum pro­duc­tion.”

Khairil said FGV would en­sure that the en­try process of its for­eign work­ers com­plied with laws and poli­cies.

“As a re­spon­si­ble com­pany, we are also com­mit­ted to the Roundtable on Sus­tain­able Palm Oil stan­dards on hir­ing process.”

FGV op­er­ates more than 450,000ha of plan­ta­tions across the coun­try. The plan­ta­tion sec­tor con­trib­utes 70 per cent to FGV’s in­come.

The ef­fort to strengthen the plan­ta­tion work­force will pos­i­tively im­pact the com­pany and max­imise re­turns to its share­hold­ers, in­clud­ing Felda set­tlers.

Khairil said FGV was con­duct­ing re­search and devel­op­ment in the area of mech­a­ni­sa­tion to ease work­load and in­crease ef­fi­ciency of day-to-day op­er­a­tions.

“Plan­ta­tion work­ers now have me­chan­i­cal equip­ment as well as high-tech ma­chin­ery to as­sist them. Thus, FGV is pro­mot­ing this job as a ca­reer op­por­tu­nity among lo­cals,” he added.

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