Volume 5, Issue 4      October - December, 2017

Physical condition and maintenance of agricultural workers: a survey in a depopulated municipality in Japan

Akihiro Kihara, Hiromi Kawasaki*, Satoko Yamasaki, Hideaki Hanaoka, Shingo Yamane,

Md Moshiur Rahman

Graduate School of Biomedical & Health Sciences, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, Japan


In most of the countries, agriculture is until now, one of the most important sectors. In general, farmers usually carry out heavy physical activities for the long duration. We aim to explain the conditions for examining health guidance and maintaining physical fitness of older farmers. Questionnaire survey and measurement of body function were carried out in this study. Multiple linear regression analysis was carried out using the data from 43 males of the same corporation. They took part in all the physical condition measurements and responded to the entire questionnaire. The concept of after harvest physical condition of those who think 'maintaining a good physical condition’ and ‘exercise after work is easy’ was significantly higher compared to those who did not share this view (p value = 0.021 and 0.044, respectively). Strong positive feelings still remain in the corporation and agricultural continuation among the older farmers. As this number increases so does the action intention related to health. The attitude, the subjective norm, and a feeling of control to action are related to an action intention which is a proactive stage to maintain good physical condition.

Keywords: Agriculture, Older Farmer, Physical Condition, Safety, Japan

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