The ongoing battle against the Covid-19 outbreak and the resultant lockdowns imposed in many countries around the world have put the spotlight on Singapore’s dependence on food imports
By Vanessa Liu
May 11, 2020
The rooftops of a handful of multi-storey carparks in Singapore will be converted for use to farm vegetables and other food crops from the later part of this year.
The tender for nine such sites was launched on Tuesday (May 12) by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA).
They include five single sites in Ang Mo Kio, Tampines, Toa Payoh, Hougang, and Choa Chu Kang and two cluster sites – which comprises two sites each – in Sembawang and Jurong West. The size of the sites ranged from 1,808 sq m – or one-third of a football field – to 3,311 sq m – or three-fifths of a football field.
Each site is up for tender for a term of three years. For cluster sites, the successful tenderer will be awarded all sites within the cluster.
The launch is one of the strategies adopted by the SFA to increase local food production as part of Singapore’s 30 by 30 goal – to produce 30 per cent of the country’s nutritional needs locally by 2030, said SFA and the Housing Board (HDB) in a joint statement.
Last month, SFA also launched the 30 x 30 Express grant to help local farms accelerate the production of fish, leafy vegetables and eggs over the next six to 24 months. Local farms produced about 14 per cent of leafy vegetables, 26 per cent of eggs and 10 per cent of fish consumed in the country last year.
The ongoing battle against the Covid-19 outbreak and the resultant lockdowns imposed in many countries around the world have put the spotlight on Singapore’s dependence on food imports and its vulnerability to global supply shocks. The Republic currently imports more than 90 per cent of its food supply.
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