This is the second year that Deutsche Bank Asia Foundation has sponsored this programme, which aims to promote traditional rice farming techniques and create habitats for native species. As part of our continuous support in environmental protection, Deutsche Bank has been sponsoring two farmlands in Long Valley, New Territories, which is the last and largest agricultural wetland in Hong Kong.
Deutsche Bank works closely with The Conservancy Association, a non-governmental organisation specializing in sustainable development of Long Valley, to support the livelihoods of local farmers. An introductory class on the importance of conserving the wetland, eco-farming concept and endangered animals raised participants’ awareness to wildlife and environmental protection. With guidance from the Conservancy Association, the volunteers experienced rice harvesting and husking. All the rice harvested that day was donated to St James Settlement's People's Food Bank, a charity which feeds the poor in Hong Kong.
Katie, from The Conservancy Association, explained that traditional farming techniques have been replaced by modern technology on most of the farmlands. However, farmers in Long Valley still use the traditional methods as they believe sustaining wetlands and their wildlife to be very important.