/ Chan Chun Chui Seed Co.
Timeline: Since 1905
Business Type: Agricultural supplies
Products: flower and vegetable seeds, Camellia seed powder, fertilizers, soil, pesticides, groceries (rice, oil)
Address: G/F, 119 Kweilin Street, Sham Shui Po.
Chan Chun Chui Seed Co. is a family business. Current owner, Mr. Chan is the 3rd generation. The business has been running for more than 100 years since his grandfather, Chan Chun Chui founded it. The Seed Co. ‘s main business is selling vegetable seeds, fertilizers and agricultural supplies to farmers. However, along with the declining farming industry in Hong Kong in the past 20 years, Seed Companies are disappearing.
Mr. Chan recalled the time in the 1950s when Sham Shui Po was a connecting hub of Kowloon and the New Territories. It was a center where farmland and the market met. The advantageous location attracted a lot of Seeds companies to run their business in Sham Shui Po and Cheung Sha Wan area. Also, there were still farmlands in Sham Shui Po during that era, making the industry developed rapidly. From the 1960s, urbanization and reclamation contributed to the disappearance of farmlands in Sham Shui Po. Together with the decline in the farming industry since the 1980s, maintaining the industry became very difficult. Nowadays, there is only one Seed Company left in Kowloon – Chan Chun Chui Seed Co.
Mr. Chan remembers that most of the customers were farmers. Therefore, running a Seed Co,. needs knowledge of farming. Different temperature, seasons, geographical features would fit for different kinds of vegetations, all these are basic knowledge. For example, the Tai Ping Shan area is hollow, temperature is about 5 degrees warmer than room temperature, it is most suitable for planting Chinese spinach. Melons and Chinese mustards are best for summer while spinach, cabbage, choi sum and Chinese lettuce are best for winter. In addition, they also provided one-stop service for their customers. Transportation was not as convenient during that era, the farmers would not visit town too often. Therefore, apart from seeds, fertilizers and pesticides, Chan Chun Chui Seed Co. also provided groceries and daily household products for the farmers. They even prepared animal feed for famers who raised chicken and pigs. Nowadays, the number of farmer customers has greatly reduced. Mr. Chan needs to sell groceries to help maintain the business.
People use this “Cha Chai Ben” as shampoo in the past.
There are still many seeds in the shop.