Korea: City Dwellers Find Success as Farmers After Returning to the Countryside

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They made the decision to leave urban life because they preferred nature (26.1 percent), saw potential in the farming business (17.9 percent), wanted to live closer to their family (10.4 percent), and wanted to regain health (10.4 percent).

By Korea Bizwire
March 12, 2019

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SEJONG, Mar. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — In South Korea, more than half of urban residents returning to the countryside for farming went back to their hometown to start a farming business, and recent data shows that in as little as five years, their household income surpassed the average income in the country’s farming industry.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs announced on Monday that 53 percent of farmers have returned to their rural hometowns to engage in farming business, while 37.4 percent of returnees to the countryside also came back to their rural hometowns to live there.

Among the city dwellers returning to the country to farm, 19.2 percent went to a rural area that was not their hometown to start a farming business there.

The majority of the returning farmers and residents said they voluntarily made the decision to leave urban life because they preferred nature (26.1 percent), saw potential in the farming business (17.9 percent), wanted to live closer to their family (10.4 percent), and wanted to regain health (10.4 percent).

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