Is Hong Kong a Melting Plot for Farming?





Li, Suet Wa


2019         BSSC COMM - JOUR INTL


14 Min

SUMMARY

Yeung Jun Mo (Mole) is the third generation heir to Yuen Long Sun Hing Farm. He talks about the reasons for recultivation, the mode of farm management and the direction for development... Legislative Councillor Ho Chun Yin points out that the Chinese government’s promotion of the "three express trains" policy transporting a large amount of fresh food to Hong Kong via three express trains every day has been a shock to Hong Kong's agriculture, resulting in some agricultural land to become deserted. Since the British Government era in Hong Kong, invalidated land policy has turned these deserted agricultural land into brown field sites. Hong Kong's agriculture lacks planning and he proposes solutions. Yip Tsz Lam, senior director of Kadoorie Farm, points out that during the millennium, traditional vegetable cultivation started to transform into organic production. The agricultural development of East Asia cooperates with other industries, and Hong Kong is also moving along this path. Ho Chun Yin also points out that universities in Taiwan, mainland China, and Japan all study new agricultural varieties, peripheral industries and agricultural product sales. Due to Hong Kong's insufficient number of agricultural expertise, there is a need to recruit from abroad, resulting in a significant increase in production costs. Scholar Wong Woon Chung points out that Hong Kong has introduced a new agricultural policy with the goal of sustainable agricultural development. Developing agriculture requires professionals. Universities offer courses related to agriculture, in which new technologies can be developed, and students have a wide range of options. According to Frankie Leung, productive agriculture or farming as a living is very difficult to develop in today's environment in Hong Kong because farmers face many problems. Leisure agriculture has become a new trend. These people try to raise the interest of urban people in farmland to develop agriculture. After Simon So retired, he works with his colleagues and shared all the joys and sorrows that come with it. Yeung Jun Mo still holds hope for Hong Kong's agriculture ...




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