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Agriculture ministry starting subsidy program to help poor find farming work in FY 2019

TOKYO -- The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will subsidize the construction of facilities and the cost of training programs to provide agricultural jobs for the poor who lack work experience, while aiming to motivate them in a bid to meet labor shortages in the industry.

Farming is a field in which a sense of accomplishment is easily understood and attained through the harvest of crops, and also promotes communication with others.

In recent years, cooperation between the agriculture and welfare sectors has been spreading to assist people with disabilities obtain jobs, and to improve quality of life among the elderly.

The ministry launched a farmer training program for poor people with little work experience in fiscal 2016 based on the Law on Self-Reliance Support for Poor and Needy People. Farmers, however, must cover the expense of constructing facilities necessary for training under the program, prompting Diet members to ask the government to take measures to cover these expenses.

In response, the agriculture ministry will launch a new subsidy option for farms that provide employment and other kinds of support to people with disabilities in the 2019 fiscal year. The government grant will be used to build and maintain farms, working places and other facilities and train workers to acquire the skills to grow crops and process them.

(Japanese original by Hiroyuki Harada, Medical Welfare News Department)

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