They are relatively small in number, and, unlike rice farmers and most vegetable farmers, were originally city dwellers.)

Most immigrant and indigenous farmers are distinguishable not only by the difference in crop-specialization, but also by differences in certain aspects of social organization, economic opportunity and political status. A comparison of the arrangements and attitudes of the two groups in relation to capital, savings and credit helps point up the relevance of social factors for economic problems. Discussion is confined to the New Territories because it is the main agricultural region of Hong Kong, and it also has certain economic and legal peculiarities.