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                                    7SINGAPOREAGRI-FOODBUSINESSDIRECTORY2023/2024SingaporehasmadegreatstridesinresilienceandinnovationaroundfoodsecuritybutthereismuchmoreonthehorizonAsanislandnationwithlessthan1percentlandresourcesdesignatedforfarmingthecountryisadvancingbothagricultureandaquaculturetoweathertheemergingchangesinpopulationgrowthdiseaseoutbreaksthegeopoliticalclimateaswellasglobalwarmingTheneedtogrowmorewithlessandgrowlocalhelpstocreateasustainableandsecureSingaporeintermsoffoodThroughinnovationandcollaborationthecountryaimstogrow30percentofitsownfoodby2030inthe30By30GoalsetbytheSingaporeFoodAgency(SFA)AgricultureWithitssightssetonbecomingaleadingagri-techandfoodtechhubcollaborationswithresearchersindustryleadersbusinessesandstart-upshavebeenbroughttotheforeTostretchtheambitionoftheSingaporeFoodStoryR&DProgrammeanadditional$165millionwillbeaddedtotheprogrammeasannouncedbyDeputyPrimeMinisterHengSweeKeatattheSingaporeInternationalAgri-foodWeekinOctober2022Thisbringsthetotalinvestedto$300millionSFAhighlightedthatwhentheSingaporeFoodStoryR&DProgrammewasfirstlaunchedin2019$144millionwaspumpedintoR&Dinthe areas of sustainableurban foodproductionfuturefoodsandfoodsafetyscienceandinnovationSincethen40projectswiththepotentialtotransformfoodproductionandenhance food securityhavebeen given fundingSingaporeheldtheInternationalAgri-FoodWeekinthelastweekofOctober2022withtwonewadditionsTheGlobalAgri-FoodScientificSymposiumandTheAgri-FoodTechExpoStrongpartnershipsintheregionaswellasgloballyhelptomaintaindiverseimportsourcesforSingaporeandtodriveforwardinnovationinR&DAnexampleofsuchapartnershipisTemasekLifeSciencesLaboratoryThisagri-techstart-upbringstogetherdifferentexpertise–AgritechexpertisefromTemasekNature-basedsolutionsandcarbonmarketsbyGenZeroClimatetechbyBreakthroughEnergyVenturesandventurebuildingbyWavemakerImpactTheirplansincludeworkondecarbonisingricefarmingAnotherpartnershipisTheFoodTechInnovationCentremadeupofA*STARandNurasaTheywillbepartneringwithSwisscompanyGiavaudanwhosecollaborationontheTasteandColourLabattheFoodTechInnovationCentrearepartofSingaporesadvancesinworkinfuturefoodSingaporehasscarcelandspaceonwhichtofarmLimChuKangissuchaspacethatwillbeundergoingatransformationintoahightechagri-foodclusterLastyearthegovernmentconductedengagementsessionswiththoserangingfromfarmerseducatorsandnaturegroupsAsustainableagri-foodzoneinLim ChuKang was one of themainideasproposedTherewillbeamulti-disciplinaryteamtodevelopthemasterplanfortheareaCommonfacilitiesforagri-productionsuchaswastewaterandwastemanagementdistributionandlogisticscouldbesitedwithinLimChuKangtobesharedbetweenfarmsCircularitywillbepartoftheplanningframeworktoencouragetheby-productsoffarmstobeusedasinputsforotherpartsoftheagri-foodecosystemAnotheroptionforland-scarceSingaporeisclimatecontrolledverticalfarmingAnexampleisGroGraceapublic-privatepartnershipbetweenSingaporeandtheNetherlandsItsmulti-layerfarmstructureoptimiseslimitedspacetogrowmoreGroGraceusesadryhydroponicssystemwhereplantsareplantedabovethewaterThisresultsinstrongerrootdevelopmentadryermicro-climatearoundtheleavesandstresslessgrowthfortheplantsThisalsoenablesthefarmtogrowawiderangeoffreshproduceallyearroundByusingInternetofThingsautomationsystemsandrainwatercollectionforirrigationandfertigationitcanpotentiallyproduce33tonnesoffreshproduceannuallywithina750squaremetrecompactfacility
                                
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