Counseling Strategies Evaluation Indexes for Agricultural Business Management, Community Activities Participation, and Skills Learning of Elderly Farmers - Using Taiwan as an Example

Shu-Chun Chang, Yung-Chien Chen;Ching-Horng Tsai;

Abstract


This study aimed to probe into the barriers and reasons for elderly farmers’ agricultural operations and participation in life activities, and to further plan related guidance policies in order to allow elderly farmers to enjoy their old age. <br>This study found that the obstacles for elderly farmers’ agricultural operations are reflected from their inferior economic situations. Only 3% of farmers suggested that their economic situation is sufficient. Nearly 30% of elderly farmers suffered from sickness and declination; however, in order to make a living, they had to continue performing their agricultural activities. Elderly farmers who had not participated in any community activities in the past year indicated that their reasons for non-participation were “no time”, “not interested” and “no idea about the activities”, with “no time” having the greatest response (41.1%). Elderly farmers who had not participated in courses related to agricultural operations in the past year indicated that their reasons for non-participation were “no time”, “not interested” and “no idea about the activities”, with “no idea about the activities” (38%), followed by “not interested” (34.9%) and “no time” (27%). Therefore, it was necessary to probe into elderly farmers’ motivation and barriers to participation.

Keywords


Agricultural Business Management; Community Activities Participation; Skills Learning

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