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Hay Dairies turns down land awarded for new goat farm, cites Covid-19 related higher building costs

Goat farm Hay Dairies has turned down a plot in Lim Chu Kang just weeks after winning a tender for the land, citing construction costs driven up by the Covid-19 pandemic and a lease insufficient to cover the…

Universities in Singapore focusing research efforts on solving global post-pandemic problems

Universities here are altering their research landscape to emphasise interdisciplinary and results-driven studies. This is meant to find more solutions for pressing global issues such as food security and public health – the challenges of a post-pandemic era.…

Saying goodbye to a family farm after 60 years

In the final days of family-run Oh Chin Huat Hydroponics Farms, there was lots to do. From wrapping up the last harvests to dismantling large structures and equipment, it was a race against time to prepare the 2.4ha…

Why restrict entry to previously public space?

I thank the Punggol Shore CCC chairman Choo Swee Cher for his reply to my letter. I took the whole of last week to visit and observe the community urban farm multiple times, and to speak to any…

Green fingers for GKE as it moves into indoor farming, obtains licence from SFA

Warehousing and logistics company GKE Corp, via its wholly-owned subsidiary GKE Agritech, has received its farm licence from SFA to commercialise indoor farming. The receipt of the farm licence allows GKE Agritech to grow and sell its produce…

Sembawang residents harvest vegetables for the needy

A second batch of vegetables was harvested and given to needy residents living in Sembawang GRC under its Gardens Give Back programme on Sun. The programme, which was first launched on Feb 28, sees residents take turns to…

Guidelines to help local farms ensure clean and green produce

New guidelines to help local farms ensure the production of clean and green local produce were launched yesterday. They are meant to assure consumers that produce from local vegetable farms is fresh, free from synthetic pesticides, and grown…

I, a millennial Singaporean, became a fish farmer for a week

Admittedly, there had been a slight sense of romanticism and a considerable chunk of cheekiness when I pitched this assignment. What a fish out of water tale it’d be, I laughed. Joke’s on me, though — I was…

Sadly, farming games can never match up to real life farming

For most of us, life often goes something like this: work, eat, sleep, repeat. In this game of life, unfortunately, much of our time is dedicated to the pursuit of money. Increasingly though, people are seeking meaningful and…

Limits to using data and AI to boost food security

I refer to the Opinion piece “How AI can strengthen food resilience” (Mar 17). While I appreciate that AI can help to strengthen Singapore’s food resilience, I am disappointed that the authors did not also provide its limitations,…

NParks to give out 3,000 seed packets to spur edible gardening

Some 3,000 seed packets including cauliflower, radish and pumpkin will be distributed to avid gardeners, who can start registering their interest for the seeds on Sat. The seeds are part of a new tranche of edible plant seeds…

Residents can visit rooftop farm if they want to

We refer to the letter by Mr Alex Yeo (Rooftop farm’s small plot serves only a small group of residents, Mar 3). The community urban farm at the rooftop of the Blk 131 multi-storey carpark was set up…

Start-ups create innovative solutions to help cities become more sustainable and resilient

Plants and drones do not seem to have much in common but a Singapore team’s plan to use the aerial craft to pollinate plants in indoor settings is fast taking flight. The team – a start-up called Polybee…

How AI can strengthen food resilience

After emerging tops two years in a row in EIU’s Global Food Security Index, Singapore’s ranking dropped to No. 19 in the most recent index, for last year. What affected Singapore in the latest index, released last month,…

S’pore study to assess viability of southern waters for fish farming

Amid initiatives to ramp up local food production, the authorities here are looking into the possibility of commercial fish farming in the waters south of the mainland. “The study includes assessing the level of fish production that the…

High-tech farming ‘toolbox’ can help Singapore weather future food supply challenges: Chan Chun Sing

Developing a “toolbox” of high-tech farming solutions in Singapore will equip the country with the capabilities it needs to scale up local production when the need arises, even if such strategies are not be deployed immediately, MTI Minister…

From Singapore to Hong Kong, how urban farming can help tackle food waste — but is it enough?

As an urban farmer, Andrew Tsui values his relationship with food. And he frets that many humans of Hong Kong and Singapore, the two cities he grew up in, do not. The problem, according to him, is the…

Firms with eco-friendly proposals awarded tenders to run farms in Sungei Tengah, Lim Chu Kang

As part of the shift towards sustainable agriculture here, tenders have been awarded to companies with eco-friendly proposals to run two farms here. Solar panels, smart lighting and integrated waste mgmt systems are among innovative features proposed by…

Prawn farm in Tuas scales new heights with high-tech vertical system

Fish and vegetable farming have already gone high-rise in land-scarce Singapore. Now, another type of farming has gone vertical. When the first harvest from Universal Aquaculture’s Tuas South Link facility is ready come June, the sweet, juicy flesh…

Singapore cultured shrimp meat maker fights for fishery resources

In 2018, Sandhya Sriram, CEO of Shiok Meats, took a ferry from Marina South Pier to St John’s Island, 6.5 km off the main island of Singapore, every morning as she worked to build up their lab-grown shellfish…

Entrée for lab-grown meat

Lost in the unending stream of news about the COVID-19 pandemic is the recent report that Singapore has just approved lab-grown meat for human consumption. The approval was granted to food company Eat Just for their cultured ‘chicken…

Higher co-funding quantum and expanded scope in new S$60 million agri-food fund

A new S$60 million Agri-Food Cluster Transformation (ACT) Fund will replace the Agriculture Productivity Fund (APF) which expired in 2020, said Minister of State for MSE Desmond Tan on Thurs. The new ACT fund will launch later this…

Rooftop farm’s small plot serves only a small group of residents

It seems that urban farms are now the trend. I welcome this creative initiative to increase local agricultural produce, whether through commercial or community efforts. I would like to know if there are any standard guidelines for selecting…

Sembawang GRC community farmers band together to donate produce to needy families

Needy Sembawang residents now have the chance to try out fresh organic vegetables, courtesy of their neighbours. Some 250 residents working across 23 community gardens have banded together to plan how to distribute their harvest over the next…

Singaporean plant-based meat firm bags $10m seed money from Temasek, others

Buttermilk-fried burgers, shawarmas, and satays made out of plant-based chicken are now popular items on the menus of most restaurants in SEA. This is due to the efforts of the meat-substitute market to lure non-vegetarians who have concerns…

Surging towards a green economy

The idea of “environmental sustainability” is inextricably woven into the tapestry of Singapore’s development from a polluted island in the 1960s to one of the cleanest and greenest cities in the world. Accelerating Singapore’s ascent as a green…

SFA launches tender for rental of 7 sites at HDB car park rooftops for urban farming

Another seven sites at HDB multi-storey car park rooftops were launched by SFA on Tues for rental by public tender. “The sites will be used to farm vegetables and other food crops, as well as for other related…

S’pore’s tallest fish farm to produce 2,700 tonnes of fish a year by 2023

High-rise living is not just for humans in Singapore. An eight-storey fish farm – the tallest in Singapore and the region – is slated to start operations in the first quarter of this year. The opening of the…

Agri-food sector wants support for training and new technologies

Some farmers are hoping for more support for training and co-creation of agricultural technologies in the upcoming S$60 million Agri-Food Cluster Transformation Fund. But beyond ad hoc financial support, steps must also be taken to engineer an environment…

Budget 2021: New $60m agri-food cluster transformation fund to boost local production through technology

Some $60 million will be set aside for a new fund to help farmers better harness technology in local food production, DPM Heng said on Tues. “Technology is (a) game changer and will open new possibilities. We harnessed…

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