JAMAICA-DEATH-Jamaican farm workers dies in Canada.

KINGSTON -- The Jamaica government Tuesday confirmed that one of its nationals, who worked on a Canadian farmer, has died.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security said that the cause of death of Daniel Brown, who was found unresponsive in his room by a co-worker, is yet to be revealed.

Reports had said that Brown on October 7, returned home from work, prepared a meal, and went to bed.

The ministry said that on the following morning the Jamaican Liaison Service's Acting Chief Liaison Officer, Althea Riley was contacted and informed that Brown was found unresponsive in his room by a coworker. The paramedics were immediately called and upon their arrival, Brown was pronounced dead.

According to the ministry, a senior member of its Family Services Unit has visited Brown's next of kin on several occasions following his passing.

'The ministry has consistently kept the family updated on matters relating to Mr Brown's passing and has shared any new information received by the coroner and other entities in Canada as soon as it is received,' the release stated.

Last week, during a town hall meeting in Canada, where he had been attending the Canada-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) summit, Prime Minister Andrew Holness disclosed that Labour Minister Pearnel Charles Jr would be heading to Canada this week to do a thorough check of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (SAWP) in which thousands of Jamaicans participate annually.

Last year, the government commissioned a fact-finding team to look into the SAWP, which found that most of the Jamaican workers were satisfied with their working and living conditions.


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