As the coronavirus continues to impact thousands of people and businesses, a drastic drop in the number of people eating out is affecting not only businesses in China but neighbouring countries, and as far away as London’s China Town. But here in Hong Kong, as prices for fresh produce from China have jumped in recent weeks, local producers are actually benefitting.
For a country that imports around 90% of its ingredients, local farmers struggle to match import prices. However the sudden price competitiveness with imported goods has brought a surge of new customers for local produce, which currently accounts for less than 1.7% of the city’s supply. In times of crises, we are reminded of the importance of a sustainable local food supply, and that even in areas of extreme land shortage, self-sufficiency still has value.
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