Local labour market and structure of labour force of farm households in paddy-cropping area increase in numbers of part-time farm households

Yamazaki, R.

Bulletin of the National Agriculture Research Center 20: 1-44


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This paper analyses the structure of the local labour market, the farm household labour force and the pattern of differentiation of farm households in Azuma village, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, a rice cropping area where almost all farm households are part-time. The farms surveyed depend on non-agricultural employment and cultivate a single crop. Farm households who did not secure stable employment outside agriculture enlarged the scale of management during the 1980s while those who secured stable employment in the non-agricultural sector were reluctant to abandon their farmland. This resulted in an increase in rent, making it difficult for those who wished to expand cultivation.