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MJ Labor Office to Engage Smallholder Farmers to end Child Labor

Written by  Nellie Kapatuka
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Mulanje, January 11: Mulanje district labor office says it will this year intensify its work with smallholder tea farmers in a quest to address issues of child labor in the district.


District Labour Officer, Edward Shafi said this in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (MANA) against the background that some smallholder tea farmers in the district were still employing young children in their farms.


He said this was illegal and uncalled for especially in this time and age when a lot of stakeholders were working tirelessly to end child labour.


"We would like to send a strong warning to such farmers that it is wrong and punishable by law to engage underage children in their farms. As such we have planned to meet with them and their association," said Shafi.


According to Shafi, his office on regular basis conducts awareness campaigns to sensitize people about child labour and the dangers associated with it.


Efforts to talk to the Smallholder Tea Association Chair proved futile as his phone was out of reach.


The laws of Malawi stipulate that children below the age of 14 years are not supposed to be employed and children between the ages of 15 and 17 can be employed but to work for not more than four hours a day so that they attend school.


According to a 2015 survey by the National Statistics Office, child labour is at 38 percent nationally.


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