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Strategies for Responding to Agricultural-industry Human Resource Cultivation and Activation Related to Trade Liberalization

2021-03-02

This study investigated the aspects of work and scheduling with the agricultural service team of inmates from Wuling Minimum-security Prison through in-depth interviews and qualitative analysis to serve as a reference for improving how inmates are used in the industry and to build a human resource platform. The results show that even though the team was able to alleviate some of the problem of seasonal labor shortages, the effects were limited. The inmates were mostly restricted to organic farms or farms that only required short-term, non-skilled workers for laborious tasks. In addition, due to restrictions placed by team managers, this program failed to serve as a major method for resolving the problem of seasonal labor shortages. The author suggests that a nationwide human resource platform be established which integrates agricultural service teams of inmates, teams of skilled workers, and even foreign laborers and agricultural school interns. The author further suggests that an evaluation system between employers and laborers be established and that a database containing the descriptions of the abilities of laborers be created for reference by employers.