A third group of six ni-Vanuatu seasonal workers left the country Wednesday afternoon for the crocodile farm in Darwin, Northern Territory of Australia. They leave after the first ever group also of six men to work in the crocodile farm seasonal work, arrived back in the country on Monday after six to seven months in Darwin.
The six men in this third group will also be working for six to seven months. And the second group of also six workers is in Darwin to get this new group settled into their jobs before they return home in March. All the men being sent to date are from Tanna.
The leader of this group, Jacky Napuk, says their work at the farm will be to feed and kill crocs and their skins processed for use in handbags and other such products.
Mary Malwossi, a staff of Vanuatu Pathways, the agent that sends the men to work at the crocodile farm says the owner and agent, Tom Nagam of Tanna wants to help the people of his home island earn some money from their work on the farm and go back to their villages and improve the lives of their families.
“The agent wants people on his home island to live lives like people in Port Vila,” Ms. Malwossi says.
The six men on this third group including Frank Iamak, Laop Kasimir, Tom Iavis, Emmanuel Reman say they know dealing with crocs is a serious job, but they look forward to the challenge of the task with the training they look forward to receiving before they start.
Of all the scores of agents sending seasonal workers from Vanuatu to Australia, Vanuatu Pathways is the only one sending people to work in animal farms like crocodiles. The majority of workers are in the horticulture and viticulture industries.