“APPROVED”

Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan,

(signature)

Sh. Mirzoev

January 5th, 2016

 

ACTION PLAN

Government Action Plan on for improving labor conditions, employment and social protection of workers in agricultural sector in 2016-2018 (approved on January 5th, 2016)

 

Nr

Activities

Implementation periods

Responsible Parties

I. Further Improvement of the national regulatory and legal framework governing labour relationships

1. 

Study international norms and experience regulating labour relations in agriculture and identify opportunities for integration of relevant provisions of ILO conventions in the national legislation.

2016-2017

Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population, Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources,Ministry of Justice, Council of the Federation of Trade Unions, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Farmers Council

2. 

Development of proposals on changes and amendments to the Labour Code and the Law on Employment envisaging establishment of recruiting agencies providing staff selection and employment support services for, inter alia, agricultural sector

2016

Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population, Ministry of Justice, Council of the Federation of Trade Unions, Chamber of Commerce and Industry

3. 

Development of draft proposal for introduction of the methodology for identifying minimal normative quantity of workers and minimum normative of wages, especially related to regulating labour relations in the farms.

2016

Farmers Council, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population, Council of the Federation of Trade Unions

 

Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, Ministry of Economy

4. 

Development of proposals on adopting a Law “On mediation” to facilitate resolution of disputes including labour disputes, through third party supported conciliation procedures

2016

Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population, Council of the Federation of Trade Unions

5. 

Clarification of the legal status of seasonal, dayman workers, working conditions and social protection of workers engaged in labour relationships without contracts including those engaged in one-time jobs

2016

Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population, Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, Ministry of Justice, Council of the Federation of Trade Unions

6. 

In connection with measures aimed at optimization and efficient use of land by farms, implement controls over job creation by the newly established farms and employment of local population in accordance with the working assets allocation norms.

2016

 Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, Farmers Council, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection

7. 

Review and approval of labour intensity norms in agriculture by branches and territories.

2017

Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population, Ministry of Justice

8. 

Conducting a study to formulate the list of districts with difficult and unfavourable natural and climatic conditions for introduction of proposals for setting district coefficients and top-up payments for the wages, as well as defining minimal length of the annual additional leave.

2017

State Committee on Nature, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population, Federation of Trade Unions, Chamber of Commerce, Ministry of Economy

 

II. Implementation of effective measures aimed at improving efficiency in agriculture and mechanisation of agricultural sector

9. 

Conduct a comprehensive study aimed at identifying measures to improve efficiency of value chains in cotton production (from raw cotton to final products) including an analysis of tax and subsidy systems, determination of the farmers’ real costs, analysis of the efficiency of utilization of subsidised production factors (fertilizers, chemicals, fuel and lubricants, water, etc.) Following the study, prepare feasibility study to justify options for liberalizing cotton production and processing with the use of private investments.

2016-2018

Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, UzPakhtaSanoatEksport HC, stakeholder ministries and agencies

10. 

Establishment of demonstration farms and model sites in selected multi-profile farms providing autonomy in intra-farm decision making with regard to land use, crop cultivation, etc., in order to disseminate experience, knowledge and skills related to modern, resource saving and environmentally safe technologies

2016 -2018

Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, UzAgroPromMashHolding HC, Regional Hokimiyats

11. 

Development of recommendations on improving the assets of machine tractor parks and farms through provision of high performance machinery as well as machines and equipment for maintenance and servicing, with primary focus on further mechanisation of cotton harvesting, laser levelling and improvement of mechanisation in vegetable and melon production, gardening, wine growing and livestock sectors through pilot demonstration of different types of machinery available from different manufacturers (in cooperation with manufacturers), providing the farmers with opportunities to pick those that best suit their circumstances; as well as piloting of private provision of machine-tractor services by private service providers.

2016-2018

Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, UzAgroMashServis Association

12. 

Training of staff for provision of mechanised services, retraining of operators and mechanics for work with modern high performance agricultural machines and technologies in cotton sector.

Pilot implementation of private farmers cooperatives with the support of Farmers Council, and charging them with the provision of inputs with a view to achieve economies of scale and to strengthen their bargaining position vis a vis other stakeholders in the value chain.

2016-2018

Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, Farmers Council, Centre for SSVE, UzAgroMashServis Association

13. 

Introduction of innovative arrangements to improve mechanisms for provision of financing, credit and leasing services to farms, including overdrafts, supplier loans as well as piloting of seeds, fertilizers, agrochemicals by independent suppliers.

2016-2017

Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, Central Bank, UzSelhozmashlising

14. 

Capacity building at scientific research and educational establishments involved in development and integration of new types of agricultural machinery and technologies.

2016-2018

Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources

15. 

Development of a mechanism for provision of incentives to farms stimulating increased levels of mechanisation and use of modern resource saving technologies, such as laser assisted levelling of agricultural lands, etc.

2016-2017

Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources

16. 

Development of a range of activities aimed at further improvement of economic mechanisms stimulating increasing of agricultural output by farms.

2016-2017

Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources

17. 

Preparation of proposals on improving the system for provision of farms with required materials, technical resources (fertilisers, fuel, agricultural equipment) and services based on the studies of international best practices.

2016

Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, Ministry of Economy, UzKimyoSanoat, UzNeftMahsulot

18. 

Development and publication of training/methodology guides for provision of mechanised services and maintenance of agricultural machinery.

2016-2018

Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources

19. 

Organisation of study tours abroad to study international experience in sustainable agriculture, particularly cotton production (USA, PRC, European countries, Brazil, etc.)

2016-2017

Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, MFA, MFERIT

20. 

Preparation and publication of media articles, flyers, prospectus reflecting social and economic efficiency of improved agricultural mechanisation, particularly in cotton sector.

2016-2018

Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources

21. 

Implement pilot projects in one or two lead districts of Fergana valley to establish socially responsible and environmentally sustainable cotton production with IFC Advisory Services

2016-2018

Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, Farmers Council, Chamber of Commerce and Industry

22. 

Implement “Labour Protection in Agriculture” Project

2016-2018

Council of the Federation of Trade Unions, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population, Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, Farmers’ Council

III. Further development of employment mechanisms and conditions in seasonal agricultural works

23. 

Conduct labour market analysis in light of cotton sector mechanisation, in order to assess demand and establish excess labour resources in regions considering seasonality of agriculture; identify structural barriers preventing internal migration

2016