Jul 31, 2022
In General Discussions
According to the latest data from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, it is the first time to announce the changes in various districts in Hong Kong’s permanent and active farmland. It can be seen that under the epidemic, the farming situation of farmland has increased significantly year by year, with an increase of 14 hectares (about 1.5 million square feet) of active farmland in the past two years. There is still a huge demand for farming even though developers are hoarding and merging. At the same time, the department also announced that more than 525 people are still queuing up to the AFCD to apply for reclamation of nearby agricultural land, with an estimated area of nearly 90 hectares. Of course, the official "estimated figures" may not fully reflect the real situation, and individual farmers (retail farmers) may not be fully included in the statistics. Image provided by author The reason is that the data may reflect that under the epidemic, Hong Kong citizens have paid more attention to the Special Database of food self-sufficiency, and they can still be self-sufficient in the face of no vegetables to supply Hong Kong. field. At the same time, the figures may also reflect that in recent years, some private camps with "farms" as their selling points have entered the development, resulting in a significant increase (+12 hectares) in various districts, especially in Yuen Long District. In the absence of the land development strategy of arable farmland preservation and brown soil priority, the active farmland in the Northern District recorded a significant drop (-11 hectares) last year. Obviously, due to last year's agricultural park and land resumption plan in the Northeast New Territories, the original farmers lost their land and were unable to related to farming. The figures are also clearly announced for the first time. Of the 760 hectares of active agricultural land in Hong Kong, 200 hectares are located in the northern metropolitan area, accounting for more than a quarter of the active agricultural land. In the future, the northern metropolitan area will emphasize the planning principle of "integration of urban and rural areas". However, only 7 hectares are reserved for agricultural use in the new development area of San Tin, and there is no clear intention to conserve agricultural land in the remaining new development areas, which is obviously insufficient to compensate the affected people. Arable and active agricultural land.