The maximum recruitment age limit for the Overseas Farm Workers Programme has been adjusted from 40 to 45 years.
Making the announcement on Friday, Labour and Social Security Minister Derrick Kellier said the adjustment is as a result of the recognition that there are many very able-bodied people over the previous cut-off age of 40 who work harder than some people in their 20s.
Kellier was addressing a recruitment exercise for workers for the Canadian and United States Farm Workers Programmes at Montego Bay Community College in St James.
Minister Kellier said the adjustment is not breaking or bending any rules, and will give more people an opportunity to participate in the programme in order to better their standard of living. The minimum age limit of 21 years will remain.