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Gov’t mulls plans to slash cost of issuing work permits — House panel

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(Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Head of the Lower House Agriculture, Water, and Badia Committee, MP Mohammad Alaqmeh, said the government is mulling plans to lower the financial costs of issuing and renewing foreign work permits, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

The lawmaker’s announcement came during a meeting on Sunday with Minister of Agriculture Khaled Hneifat, adding that the House panel discussed issues related to the inclusion of foreign workers in the agricultural sector under the umbrella of the Social Security Corporation.

The discussions also went over the “high” cost of procuring work permits and levies on production inputs, primarily fertilizers, energy, and the “hefty” prices of fodder, the deputy pointed out.

Conditions of Jordanian farmers are “no longer reassuring”, he said, adding that several challenges and obstacles are facing the agricultural sector and its investors, which requires expediting finding “realistic” solutions to push growth, Alaqmeh said.

The high cost of work permits is a major challenge for the agricultural sector, which requires lowering the fees, adding that the cost used to be JD120 but was raised to JD550, he noted.

Hneifat, for his part, said the government is “aware of the agricultural sector’s concerns,” affirming Royal directives in this regard aim to advance Jordan’s farming conditions.

Hneifat said instructions will be published soon in the Official Gazette to float production inputs, in addition to an agreement with the Jordan Phosphate Mines Company to reduce price tag of a tonne of fertilizer by $70, lower than international prices.

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