HONG KONG | Hong Kong, after having at first yielded to the panic-related coronavirus and emptied some of the shelves of supermarkets, consumers now look to local producers of this territory are heavily dependent on imports.
The COVID-19 that, on the whole planet, disrupts strongly the supply chains due to the closure of the borders to the advantage of farmers in hong kong, which recorded a strong increase in sales.
In the north-east of the metropolis, the market is held twice a week in the community farm Mapopo has doubled its revenue since the epidemic has become in February on a topic of concern within the population.
“All of a sudden, so many people came to our market for fruits and vegetables that we could not meet the demand,” says Becky At who left here ten years ago from his job in finance to found this firm.
The pandemic has prompted more people to think about what can be produced in Hong Kong, analysis Mandy Tang, the head of a pressure group that supports the hong kong producers in the promotion of local products.
“Just as people are starting to make masks and solutions, hydro-alcoholic in Hong Kong, the outbreak brings the world to reflect on what can be done with our own hands,” she says.
Hong Kong currently imports 98 % of the vegetables consumed, but this has not always been the case. There are yet fifty years old, half of them were locally produced.
The situation has begun to change in the 1960s and 1970s with the rapid economic development and urbanization of Hong Kong. The local products have been replaced by food imported from the mainland nearby.
“The pandemic makes us realize that the construction of more buildings does not make a city happier,” says Lau Hoi-lung, a researcher in agriculture within the chinese university of Hong Kong.
According to him, “in order better to resist (a crisis) international, Hong Kong should reconsider its old reflex of based on purchases made in the whole world and neglect its own resources.”