Posts Tagged ‘agriculture’
Hong Kong’s livestock industry is not only shrinking and lacking in government support; the city doesn’t have enough experienced vets, resulting in a system with “industry outsiders leading the industry insiders.” Can the rise of locally grown food change this?
Lau Shui-shum has been farming for decades, and she used to have to wake up at 1a.m. to harvest and take her crops to market, where she would have little bargaining power. Now thanks to the growing movement of community markets, more Hongkongers are finding out about local agriculture and demanding it.
Urban development may seem to have killed off agriculture in Hong Kong, but, hydroponics and aquaponics are emerging as alternative farming methods which could revive local agriculture.
They found themselves in the headlines when they fought to save their homes in Choi Yuen Village. But their houses and farms were finally demolished to make way for the controversial Guangzhou-Hong Kong Express Rail link. Now, the TV cameras have left and some of the original villagers are stuck in temporary houses while their dreams for a new model village are held up by red-tape.
Local farmers are struggling to compete against cheaper imports from the mainland. The Accredited Farm Scheme is supposed to help local farmers get better prices for their produce and encourage consumer confidence in locally grown fruit and vegetables. But not all farmers are convinced of the benefits.