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Hong Kong’s first agricultural park calls for people ‘serious about farming’

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Agricultural park will seek to increase amount of home-grown produce

By Fanny W. Y. Fung and Olga Won
South China Morning Post
Mar 4, 2015

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Up to 80 tenants serious about farming will be selected to join Hong Kong’s first agricultural park under a new policy to revive home-grown produce in the city.

The proposal to use 70 to 80 hectares of private farmland for the park will provide farmers with land, infrastructure and scientific know-how to improve productivity. Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man said that support services could also be extended to the 2,400 existing farms in the city.

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Havana, Cuba – Lettuces of Lead

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The lack of an effective system of trash sorting and processing works against us, because much of the waste used for compost in the urban organic gardens has had previous contact with materials like cans, paints, and batteries, thrown indiscriminately into landfills all over the country.

By Rosa Lopez
Havana
1 March 2015

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Nationwide, about 40,000 people work in urban agriculture projects on some 83,000 acres (130 square miles) that are divided into 145,000 parcels, 385,000 patios*, 6,400 intensive gardens and 4,000 urban organic gardens. These last under the leadership of the Ministry of Agriculture, although with some autonomy for crop management.

With these lands planted in populated areas, it has been the goal to reduce food insecurity, offer greater access to fresh produce and to expand green spaces in urban zones.

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