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I am pleased to report that after much searching and several rounds of negotiations, we have succeeded in acquiring a piece of farmland at Wo Tong Pui, Lam Tsuen in Tai Po for the purpose of setting up a demonstration dairy farm. This highly accessible site, which has a total area of about 10,090 square metres, is located near the famous “Wishing Tree” in Tai Po.
The acquisition has brought CityU a step closer to achieving its goal of establishing a modern and innovative farm in Hong Kong that will be used for demonstrating best practices in modern agriculture. The farm will be designed by an international dairy consultant as a self-contained ecological system that is both efficient and environmentally friendly. Supported by state-of-the-art facilities and first-rate veterinary expertise, the farm will contribute to enhancing food safety, biosecurity and production efficiency under the objective of One Health and sustainable agriculture.
At the site of this innovative demonstration farm will be a high-tech production plant, a modern milking centre, facilities for managing ecological waste, a visitor’s gallery and special provision for veterinary training. Scheduled for completion in 18 months, it will play a key role in supporting our life sciences and interdisciplinary research on One Health as well as the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine programme.
On a similar theme, I was delighted to witness the rich harvest from the organic garden located on the rooftop of the Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building at a recent donation ceremony. The event, approved by the Campus Development Office, was organised by a group of amateur farmers from CityU under the Green Roofs over Walls (GROW) project. About 100 kilogrammes of vegetables that the CityU student, staff and alumni farmers had cultivated were donated to grassroots volunteer Mr Chan Cheuk-ming, aka Ming Gor of Sham Shui Po, famed for preparing the Caring Box Meals, i.e. free meals to the disadvantaged.
This kind of community-action activity is a great platform for our students to gain valuable insight into the real world.
Wishing you all a healthy, happy and fruitful Year of the Dog!
President and University Distinguished Professor