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  Agriculture 4.0 may soon roll off our As Minister for the Environment and Water
Resources Masagos Zulkifli noted, “Given our lack of natural resources such as land and water, the future of farming in Singapore has to be one that is technology and R&D driven, climate resilient and resource efficient with high productivity.”
High-tech, high-yield farming
With only 1 percent of Singapore’s 724 sq. km, land area devoted to agriculture, the pressure is on new urban farmers to grow more with less. Rather than expanding sideways to increase farming acreage, Singapore farms are going up to optimise land use and moving indoors for improved management. From just one in 2012, there are now over 30 vertical farms producing vegetables and fish. By using high-tech and high-yield methods, they are overcoming the challenges of traditional farming.
 lips as easily as Industry 4.0. Not only
is the technology available and is now more affordable, the need is more pressing as the world’s population continues its inexorable rise to 10 billion by 2050 while vital resource like water and energy is becoming increasingly scarce. By drawing on modern-day toolkit including drones, robots, sensors, satellite imagery and data analytics, much like Industry 4.0, today’s farmers can improve crop yields at reduced cost with less waste to feed the world’s growing population.
While Singapore may not have vast tracts of land for agriculture, it is also leveraging technology to raise domestic food production to achieve a quantum leap in productivity and efficiency to realise the vision it has established. Under the 30 by 30 vision, Singapore plans to boost local farm output to 30 percent of requirements from under 10 percent today, working within the limitations facing this island nation.

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