28m 00s
Solving Farmer Shortage with Technology
BIZ STREAM
28m 00s

Broadcast on September 12, 2020
Available until March 12, 2021

[On-Site Report]
Japan's agriculture industry is struggling with both an aging workforce and a labor shortage. According to national estimates, the number of farmers across the country has dropped about 57% over the past 20 years. One company is drawing attention for its AI-driven robots, that are assisting farmers with harvesting produce. Another company has created a matching service that introduces farms that need more staff to people who are interested in giving farming a try. In exchange for their help, guests receive a paycheck as well as a place to stay. The service is proving especially popular with young people, as it gives them an affordable way to travel around the country while trying a new kind of work. This episode examines how technology may play a key role in saving Japan's agriculture industry.

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