The last time land was tendered for agricultural use for 2 decades ago. So why the move towards high-tech farming?
Singapore has been depending on imports of vegetables from other countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and China. We may be scarce of land but we can take it indoors using technology and make way for a new breed of farmers in Singapore.
In an exclusive interview with Channel NewsAsia, Senior Minister of State for National Development Koh Poh Koon stressed the importance of the farming industry in contributing to Singapore’s food security: “As opposed to many different industries, our local food farms have an important national duty to ensure that Singapore has some supply resilience.
“Therefore, we want to encourage our farms to adopt technology that make them more productive – increase their yield, decrease their loss, so that in times of need, we know we can be self-sufficient to some extent,” Dr Koh said.