Singapore to go for farming boost

Dhaka,  Sun,  25 June 2017
Published : 15 May 2017, 14:54:05
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Singapore to go for farming boost

Singapore will release 60 hectares of land for farming from August, in a move authorities describe as providing a “buffer” against disruption in the supply chain, according to a global media report Monday.

Singapore is the third most densely populated jurisdiction in the world, with only the Chinese territory of Macau and the Mediterranean principality of Monaco boasting more people per square kilometre.

The south-east Asian city-state imports more than 90 per cent of the food needed to cater for its 5.6 million inhabitants, and outbreaks of disease among overseas suppliers are quickly felt in price rises at markets.

Singapore’s government is also concerned about the impact of climate change on catches of wild fish, a central part of the local diet.

Farmers bidding for the new land will be encouraged to outline their plans to raise productivity as well as competing on price.

Land for agriculture is scarce in Singapore and it can be hard to find skilled agricultural labour but farmers benefit from government funding for research and development.

Local farms produce about a quarter of the eggs consumed in Singapore, 8 per cent of the vegetables, and a similar percentage of the fish.

Singapore’s government recently supported a vast farming venture in north-east China, which is intended to provide a reliable supply of pork and other staples.

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