Few young people willing to be a “poor, stupid and unhealthy” farmer

Thai Youth Seek a Fortune Away From the Farm – NYT, June 4, 2012
[Thanks to Tom for pointing this out.]
…Only 12 percent of Thai farmers today are younger than 25, down from 35 percent in 1985, according to government statistics, and their average age jumped to 42 in 2010 from 31 in 1985.
…Unlike in some parts of the world, where the image of farmers is bound together with thoughts of self-reliance, strength and nostalgia for the countryside, the Thai farmer is seen as “poor, stupid and unhealthy,” said Mr. Iam, who specializes in studying the culture of rice growing. “Farmers say that if I’m reincarnated 10 times, I don’t want another life as a farmer…”

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