Taiwan farm industry seeks to appeal to young generation

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/12/08
By: Yang Shu-min and Frances Huang

Taipei, Dec. 8 (CNA) In a bid to rejuvenate the aging agricultural sector the government is planning to

Council of Agriculture (COA) head Tsao Chi-hung (曹啟鴻)

appeal to young people, Council of Agriculture (COA) Minister Tsao Chi-hung (曹啟鴻) said on Thursday.

Over the next 10 years, Tsao said, Taiwan wants to encourage 30,000 young people to enter the sector. In 2017, the first year of the 10-year plan, the government wants 3,000 young people to become involved in agricultural businesses.

In a report submitted to the Executive Yuan, the COA said the average age of workers in local agriculture is now 62, indicating that the sector is aging and needs to attract young blood to reverse the situation.

Tsao said that the move to encourage young people to take an interest in agriculture is expected to create more job opportunities and improve the local job market.    [FULL  STORY]

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