In the photo below you are seeing Japanese farmland prepared for planting. With only 20% of Japan’s land suitable for cultivation, it is a good thing Japanese crops boast some of the highest crop yields in the world. Agriculture accounts for only 1.1% of Japans GDP and makes up only 3.9% of its workforce.
As the farming workforce ages rapidly, average age of a Japanese farmer is mid-60’s, and with very few heirs to continue to farm the land, Japan is attempting to consolidate the industry in an effort to boost waning production. Japan plans to lease the consolidated acres to companies who will in turn train the younger generation to farm the land.
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