The Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre of HKBU held a ceremony last week to launch a scheme to promote organic farming among youngsters. The scheme is called Amway Organic Farming at Primary Schools in 18 Districts, and Certificates of Appointment were awarded to youngsters to encourage them to continue organic farming in their schools.
Officiating at the ceremony were Mr. Benny Wong, Deputy Director of Environmental Protection, Environmental Protection Department; Ms. Wendy Ko, Senior Agricultural Officer (Planning and Livestock Farm Licensing), Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department; and Mrs. Louisa Chan, General Manager, Amway Hong Kong Limited.
Professor Jonathan Wong, Director of the Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre and Professor of the Biology Department, said that this year the scheme helped 10 primary schools to set up organic farms on their roofs and in their gardens, and would also arrange talks, workshops and service by volunteers to teach primary pupils the techniques of organic farming. These little farmers can not only enjoy the results of their work with their family members, their efforts also contribute to energy conservation, reduce carbon emissions and help build a culture of environmental protection in schools.
The scheme is supported by the Environmental Campaign Committee and sponsored by Amway Hong Kong Limited.