Crops in New Territories experience frost killing

In parts of New Territories, farmers were affected by the frost forming. According to the Hongkong Free Press, the formation of frost is caused by the combination of low temperatures and high humidity. This happened while temperatures reportedly plummeted around the city.

A farmer named Wong Bak at Ta Kwu Ling in the North District said that the first time frost had appeared this year, on February 6. He said it had caused some of the tomatoes, chayote, and pumpkins he grows to die.

Unfortunately, he has lost about HK$10,000 worth of vegetables. Say, the price per catty of vegetables is HK$10, it results to the said amount when calculated. An Apple Daily reporter revealed that the temperature at 7 am on Tuesday stood at minus 0.6 degrees Celsius using a thermometer, at nearby Loi Tung Tsuen.

President of a new territory agricultural association named Wong Tsat-tai said cold snap lasting several weeks does not happen often. With this, she said that over 30 to 40 percent of the vegetables she planted last month were washed out.

“Pretty much all of the chayote and spaghetti squash have frozen and died, the ones that are left cannot grow fast enough because it’s too cold,” she explained. In addition, Wong Tsat-tai said the price of vegetables may rise dramatically. This is if the crops that intended for harvest before the Lunar New Year cannot grow fast enough to be sold.

Hong Kong Imported Vegetable Wholesale Merchants Association spokesperson said revealed that the mainland has also been affected by the situation. Aside from this, farmers are all busy taking a break for Holidays, which resulted to 30 percent less production.

Furthermore, the spokesperson predicted that the price of vegetables will continue to rise by 30 to 50 percent before the Lunar New Year. Tai Mo Shan remains the coldest place in Hong Kong with 0.3 degrees Celsius. Is this article helpful? Give us your feedback.

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