Public believes Japan’s farming sector is hard & tough: survey

TOKYO, Nov. 3 ― A recent survey has revealed that the Japanese public is considering farmers, along with fishers and forestry workers, have heavy workloads and unstable incomes.

The Japanese government carried out the survey, involving 1743 interviews between late August and early September.

The findings showed that more than 80 percent of respondents cited workload intensity and unstable financial situations in the agricultural sector.

The agriculture ministry needs to overcome the stigma attached to the farming sector and technology and machinery developments are also far more advanced than most of the general public realize.

“We need to appeal to the public that agriculture is a unique way of life for the right kind of dedicated people,” an official from the ministry said.

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