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Perceptions of an ageing agricultural workforce and farmers' productivity strategies: Evidence from Prachinburi Province, Thailand

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Szabo, S and Apipoonanon, C and Pramanik, M and Leeson, K and Singh, DR, Perceptions of an ageing agricultural workforce and farmers' productivity strategies: Evidence from Prachinburi Province, Thailand, Outlook on Agriculture pp. 1-11. ISSN 0030-7270 (2021) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1177/00307270211025053

Abstract

Thailand's agriculture is facing an ageing workforce, which could negatively influence agricultural production. Yet, there is still limited evidence regarding the perception of the ageing agricultural labour force in the country and a lack of insights into farmers' strategies to improve agricultural output. To fill this gap, we analysed primary data from questionnaire-based surveys of 365 households in Prachinburi Province, Thailand. The results show that household poverty, farm experience, retirement, health concerns, and farm accidents are positively associated with the farmers' perception on the ageing workforce, whereas education level, having an ageing farmer in the family, farm size, mentoring and access to new technology have a negative influence on the perception of the ageing workforce. Given the anticipated implications of the population ageing in Thailand, the government should consider establishing policy options to encourage younger entrants into the agricultural sector and prioritising policies related to intergenerational support.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:farmersí perception, ageing workforce, small-scale farmers, agricultural production, Thailand, ageing, productivity strategies
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Crop and pasture production
Research Field:Crop and pasture production not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Macroeconomics
Objective Field:Demography
UTAS Author:Leeson, K (Dr Kevin Leeson)
ID Code:145152
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2021-07-03
Last Modified:2021-07-05
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