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Taiwan plans to import agricultural workers on trial basis

Taiwan plans to import agricultural workers on trial basis

Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) Taiwan has decided to import agricultural workers from abroad, including China, Agriculture Minister Chen Bao-ji said, noting that the plan will be implemented next year on a trial basis. Chen underlined the necessity of the imports during a hearing of the Legislative Yuan's Economics Committee Wednesday in which lawmakers reviewed the 2014 budget plan of the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture, which Chen was invited to attend to receive questions. Asked about the plan to import foreign agricultural workers, Chen said he visited tea gardens in Taoyuan and Nantou counties a few days earlier. During the visits, he saw that the farms were suffering from a serious lack of workforce and an aging population. The problem of workforce insufficiency is caused not because the sector has no money to hire workers but because so few people want to work the land, he said. Therefore, he went on, "the government must begin trying to import agricultural workers from abroad." "If we begin to do this on a trial basis now, we will know how to adjust the measure so that agricultural production can be conducted more smoothly." And the government "will not eliminate the possibility" of importing farm workers from China, Chen added. "In principle, the plan will begin early next year on a trial basis," the minister noted. (By Yang Shu-min and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2020-12-05 01:40 GMT+08:00