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Programmes, projects and research that would facilitate the development of modern and sustainable agriculture, thereby enhancing the overall competitiveness of the agricultural industry as a whole may be considered, vetted and awarded on their individual merits.

The following will be eligible to apply –

(a) where applications are made by legal entities, the entity concerned should be a company incorporated in Hong Kong under the Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622) and has substantial connection to Hong Kong or a body corporate incorporated in Hong Kong under other Ordinances of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and having demonstrated a close connection with the agricultural industry in Hong Kong. These include local registered agricultural co-operatives, non-profit-making agricultural organisations, non-governmental organisations or social enterprises;
(b) academic and research institutions in Hong Kong; and
(c) individual farmers seeking grants under the Farm Improvement Scheme (FIS).

Joint applications with overseas organisations and institutions are permissible, provided that the projects are led by a local group/farming organization satisfying the criteria above.

Except for applicants seeking grants under the Farm Impovement Scheme, applicants for funding under SADF must demonstrate that they possess the necessary experience, expertise or technical knowhow in agriculture in order to be eligible to be considered for funding under SADF.

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