These seven HDB rooftop urban farming sites are located in Jurong West, Bukit Panjang, Sembawang and Woodlands.
The tender for seven urban farming sites located at the rooftops of Housing and Development Board (HDB) multi-storey car parks (MSCP) has been awarded to three bidders, revealed the HDB and Singapore Food Agency (SFA) in a joint release.
The new sites comprise a single urban farming site at Jurong West and three cluster sites with two farming plots each at Bukit Panjang, Sembawang and Woodlands.
Jurong West and Woodlands sites were awarded to Tomato Town, and the Bukit Panjang sites to ATS Landscaping and Construction.
The sites at Sembawang, on the other hand, were awarded to Winarto.
SFA Chief Executive Officer Lim Kok Thai revealed that the winning proposals featured technological innovations, such as hydroponic and vertical farming systems with various innovative elements, like automated climate control.
He also shared that the sites can potentially yield about 680 tonnes of vegetables annually.
“Given Singapore’s limited land and space, the use of alternative spaces for urban farming will bring food production closer to the community. The current pandemic has also brought to the forefront the importance of local production in ensuring a steady supply of food,” he said.
“Now more than ever, our local farms must leverage technology to grow more with less. We look forward to seeing these MSCP rooftop sites transform into productive vegetable farms that will boost our local food production and strengthen Singapore’s food security.”
HDB and SFA noted that availing more spaces for commercial farming, like MSCP rooftops, is in line with SFA’s ‘30 by 30’ target.
Mike Chan Hein Wah, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Estate) at HDB, said the urban farming initiative also “helps intensify greening in HDB estates, which is in line with HDB’s Green Towns Programme, a key initiative under the SG Green Plan to build a greener Singapore”.
“HDB will continue to look for opportunities to inject more greenery in our housing estates and provide a better living environment for residents.”
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