Taiwan has no plans to use migrant workers in the agricultural sector to ease the current labor shortage, Minister of Agriculture Tsao Chi-hung (???) said on Thursday.
However, the Council of Agriculture (COA) and the Ministry of Labor will continue to study issues related to bringing in foreign farm workers, with an initial focus on the dairy industry, according to Tsao.
Tsao made the remarks during a meeting of the Legislative Yuan's Economic Committee to review the COA's 2017 budget, at which several ruling Democratic Progressive Party legislators expressed concern that Taiwan's agricultural sector is being held back by a severe labor shortage and the aging of the nation's farmers.
Meanwhile, Chang Chih-sheng (???), director of the COA's Department of Farmers' Service, said that the council has adopted two measures to cope with the growing shortage of farm workers, including establishing agricultural service work teams made up of 320 workers from six cities and counties and a program to encourage the wider use of female labor in rural areas.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel