Manufacturing accounts for a small fraction of our economy. Agricultural production is even less significant but only in dollar terms.
Kong Yeah (港嘢), a small group that supports farming, says Hongkongers are going to lose out if they allow agriculture to disappear.
The group scouts small shops that sell good quality food products and identifies their suppliers.
“Hong Kong has a lot of high quality products. Most consumers, however, don’t really care,” Ho Ying from Kong Yeah told Hong Kong Economic Journal Monthly.
“Take soya sauce for instance. We produce some great stuff, natural, no preservatives. If we do not pass on these brands and production techniques, they will be lost forever,” Ho says.
“We won’t be able to achieve 100 percent self-sufficiency when it comes to food but that does not mean we should just give up.”
To promote local food and other made-in-Hong Kong groceries, Kong Yeah has set up a store in Kwun Tong.
The group also organizes community dinners and workshops, inviting farmers to share their experiences.
But their efforts to preserve and promote local produce is meeting a lot of challenge.
Ho Ying cited Sheung Shui in the New Territories as an example.
“Things are deteriorating fast. The area is now packed with smugglers. Traditional cake shops and grocery stores are disappearing,” she says.
Still, Kong Yeah does whatever it takes to encourage farming and promote the use of fresh local ingredients.
The rise of localism in recent years is an encouraging sign for Kong Yeah. More people have been patronizing traditional shops and embracing more traditional lifestyles.
But they’re also making the most of technology such as Facebook to promote their local communities.
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