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 about 390 hectares of land, will be undertaken in consultation with stakeholders and completed over the next 2 to 3 years. Development works are expected to commence in 2024 and will be carried out in phases.
Currently, an average vegetable farm in Singapore occupies around 2 hectares of land and produces about 130 tonnes/hectare/year. In contrast, a high-tech, high productivity vegetable farm has the potential to produce over 1,000 tonnes/hectare/year with less than one hectare of land. The redeveloped LCK agri-food cluster can potentially produce more than 3 times its current food production.
“We aim to create a vibrant and attractive agri-food cluster where global best-in-class agri- food companies, the next generation of agri-tech workers, and visitors will be excited to work in
and visit. To do so, SFA will work with farmers and other stakeholders to co-create an exciting vision for Lim Chu Kang,” said Mr Lim Kok Thai, SFA’s Chief Executive Officer.
A*STAR sets up new
Research Institute
In an effort to make Singapore a leading food and nutrition hub, A*STAR sets up a new research institute (RI), the Singapore Institute of Food and Biotechnology Innovation (SIFBI) in the first half of 2020. The SIFBI brings together A*STAR’s research capabilities in areas such as food, nutrition, public health, biotechnology, manufacturing, agri-food technology, and safety research under one roof.
The new RI also facilitates greater partnerships between the public sector, institutes of higher learning (IHLs), and the industry. For instance, it will collaborate with the SFA, NUS, and NTU Singapore in research
areas such as alternative proteins, food structure engineering, fermentation
technology and more.
“These capabilities will support the development of solutions for the needs of the Asian market, such as the discovery and production of healthy and sustainable foods,” said Senior Minister of State Koh Poh Koon. He also highlighted two new investments that will enhance Singapore’s capabilities and networks to develop solutions that will improve feed conversion ratio, improve sustainability, and reduce production mortality for aquaculture in Asia
and beyond.
AgriProtein, one of the world’s leading insect protein companies, has set up its operations and global R&D facility in Singapore. Adisseo, one of the world’s leading feed additive companies, is also setting up its first-in-Asia global aquaculture R&D facility on St John’s Island where the Marine Aquaculture Centre (MAC) is housed.
Singapore – the agri-food
node for Asia and the world
DPM Heng pointed out that Singapore is now growing food it has never grown before (strawberries grown all year round), in unconventional places (vacant carpark rooftops and under viaducts), and at a much higher intensity. All these are done by using less energy and water, while generating less waste.
“Taken together, these efforts will take us a step closer to realising our 30 by 30 goal – to produce 30% of our nutritional needs locally by 2030... As we continue to build our food resilience, we can also turn our experience and expertise into an economic strength,” DPM Heng said.
“Singapore offers a good base for regional companies going global, and global companies coming into the region. By working together, Singapore can grow from a food paradise, into an agri-food node for Asia and the world.”

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