December 20, 2016 · Government · (No comments)

Improving the efficiency of agriculture

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Embassy of Uzbekistan in Brussels

On 15 August 2016 the Council of Federation of Trade Unions held a meeting of the Coordination Council on Child Labour in the Republic of Uzbekistan with a delegation of the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

NB. As s member of the International Labor Organization (ILO) since 1992, Uzbekistan joined 13 ILO Conventions, including fundamental Conventions concerning Forced or Compulsory Labour (No.29) and the Abolition of Forced Labor (No.105).

The meeting was attended by the IFC: the Head of Agribusiness Standards Advisory Program in Europe and Central Asia Ms. Oksana Varodi, Project Manager of the Agribusiness Standards Advisory Program in Europe and Central Asia Ms. Olga Sherbina, Senior Specialist of the Financial Sector Mr. Anvar Nasretdinov, IFC Representative in Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Mr. Zafar Khashimov.

The implementation of the project for the production of socially responsible and environmentally sustainable cotton in the Fergana region had been discussed at the meeting.

The International Finance Corporation representatives noted that the project will be implemented on 5 districts of Ferghana region with the participation of 50-60 farmers and 3-4 ginneries.

The two important areas of the project had been highlighted:

1) support the mechanized cotton harvesting system that will confirm compliance with farmed products to international standards, including the non-use of child and forced labor;

2) implementation of standards to improve the efficiency and agricultural technology of cultivation of cotton, soil fertility with the effective use of irrigation, fertilizers, protection from pests and others.

The expectation had been expressed that the project will be widely promoted to bring to its implementation other companies as well. It was emphasized that reliable mechanisms are required to guarantee the non-use of child and forced labor during the cotton campaign in the pilot districts and farms – beneficiaries of the project.

Also the intention to broaden the scope of the project had been expressed by including of Jizzakh and Syrdarya regions, where mostly combine-harvesters pick the cotton without involving human resources.

Highly assessing the importance of the ongoing project to improve the efficiency of agriculture of Uzbekistan, the Uzbek side briefed on the activity of the Coordination Council on Child Labor.

In particular it was underlined that a large-scale preventive measures to prevent violations of labor legislation in the regions of Uzbekistan have been implementing by the Coordinating Council. A number of recommendations have been developed on the implementation of International Labor Organisation standards as well. Particularly emphasized that positively evaluated by the 105 Session of the International Labor Conference the activities and experience of Uzbekistan on the implementation of ILO standards.

Coordinating Board noted that 7 international experts working currently in Uzbekistan who are analyzing systematic measures on the implementation of the International Labor Organisation conventions on child and forced labor undertaken by the ministries, departments and NGOs.

A Systematic work has been carried out to ensure the rights and interests of workers at the enterprise of Indorama Company in Kokand, which is the beneficiary of the IFC project. Besides, a new collective agreement was adopted by enterprise to strengthen economic and social protection.

Parties agreed to hold a training on international labor standards for farmers.

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