By: Wu Che-hao and CNA intern Lauren Hung
Taipei, June 10 (CNA) The Changhua County government has established an agricultural service
group to recruit 113 jobless people to be trained as farmers to help address the labor shortage in the agricultural sector, the government said Thursday.
The county is facing a big gap between the demand and supply of labor willing to work in agriculture because of the difficult nature of the work, and the county’s farmers’ association and unions are collaborating to encourage youth and the unemployed to take part in the project.
Official statistics indicate that less than 10 percent of the
working population was involved in agriculture, forestry, fishery, and animal husbandry in the county in 2015.
Facing a long-term shortage of workers, dairy farming, rice farming, vegetable planting and flower planting are getting by with the support of own families or temporary workers, but the county would like to see more people get involved. [FULL STORY]