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I am reading a sheet about rural development program issued by Finnish government.

Measures are foreseen to develop and raise agricultural productivity and competitiveness by improving the structure of agricultural production and seeking to improve the age structure of farmers.

There is a sentence in another related document from Czech government saying:

In the recent past, the number of farm workers has continuously fallen and this has brought about an unfavourable age structure in both agriculture and forestry.

I suspect it means making farmers to be presented by younger citizen? I wouldn't care if it was from a non-official source, but as it's the government sheet, I am a bit surprised.

Or am I getting these sentences wrongly?

  • I believe it means there are not enough young farmers: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Population_pyramid – michael.hor257k Sep 9 '16 at 12:33
  • Why are you surprised? – Spagirl Sep 9 '16 at 12:53
  • Well, having an image of usually politically correct and tolerant, it's strange to hear from government ageist statements hidden by using euphemisms. – Sergei Basharov Sep 9 '16 at 13:08
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    @SergeiBasharov Ageism is when you discriminate against a specific person or a group because of their age. Analyzing the age distribution of a population and recognizing the danger of losing your country's agriculture is a legitimate function of the government. – michael.hor257k Sep 9 '16 at 13:19
  • I mean, by improving they mean adding more young citizen and by decreasing adding more old citizen. – Sergei Basharov Sep 9 '16 at 14:27
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Perhaps we should be using profile rather than structure in this context.

See:
Agriculture & Food, Ireland: Age Profile of Farmers

There has been a decline in the number of farmers in the younger age categories over the period, with the proportion of farmers aged 44 or younger decreasing from 35% to 25%. However, Ireland has a higher percentage (7%) of farmers aged under 35 than the EU-27 average of 6%.

US Census Bureau: America’s Age Profile Told through Population Pyramids

Future HR Trends: Profile of the global workforce: present and future

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