‘No lack of land’ to host hi-tech farming park in Hong Kong, rural strongmen say

Rural strongmen from Heung Yee Kuk cite swathes of land in border areas as potential location for HK$7b agricultural hub project.

Olga Wong

Fallow farmland in Ta Kwu Ling and other border areas in the northern New Territories are ideal places to create the city’s first agricultural park, core members of the rural authority have suggested as the government gauges public views on its new agricultural policy.

The idea of reviving farming should also be realised at enclaves inside country parks so that those patches of land could benefit economically without threatening valuable country parks, the rural representatives and a geography professor said.

“It will be a win-win solution,” said Man Chen-fai, chairman of the fisheries and farming subcommittee under the Heung Yee Kuk, the powerful official body that represents indigenous villagers and rural interests in the New Territories.

“I don’t think [land owners] would oppose the idea if the government eyes fallow land that is unlikely to be redeveloped.”

Man, who is also a Tai Po district councillor, has identified some sites – including in Ta Kwu Ling, Yuen Long and areas closer to the border with Shenzhen, such as Sha Tau Kok – and would suggest the ideas to the kuk.

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