b'Launching R&D grant callsSFA and A*STAR jointly developed the Singapore Food Story (SFS) R&D Programme to look into the research of sustainable urban food production, future foods, and food safety science and innovation. Some $144 million has been allocated towards the programme from the governments Research, Innovation and Enterprise 2020 (RIE2020) plan. Under the SFS R&D Programme, in December 2019, SFA and A*STAR launched grant calls in Sustainable Urban Food Production and Future Foods: Alternative Proteins. The Sustainable Urban Food Production grant call was developed following an engagement session organised byAdisseo, one of the worlds leading global animal nutrition SFA in August 2019 for close to 130 participants from thecompanies, opened its aquaculture R&D facility at MAC academia and industry.in December 2019. At the facility, collaborations will be The SustainableUrbanFoodProductioncallreceivedinitiated with local Institutes of Higher Learning to develop positiveresponsesfromresearchentities,academicnutritionalsolutionsthatwillimprovefeedconversion institutions,localcompanies,andoverseaspartners.ratio and fish health. Such effort will contribute to the Over 140 submissions were received in total, and resultssustainability and productivity of farms in Singapore and will be announced in December 2020. the region.Conducting R&D and facilitating collaborationIn efforts to grow the local R&D ecosystem and deepen Singapores expertise in agriculture, SFA has been piloting R&DprojectsinpartnershipwithInstitutesofHigher Learning (IHLs), Research Institutes (RIs), and companies. During the FY, with funding obtained from competitive researchfunding,collaborationswereinitiatedon projects covering topics such as urban growing systems, nutrientpreservation,andupcyclingoffoodwasteto farm inputs.Aquaculture researchSFAs Marine Aquaculture Centre (MAC) was established todeepenSingaporesexpertiseintheareasof aquaculture genetics, nutrition, and health. During the FY, shared experimental tank systems were set up at MAC toBeyondconductingandfacilitatingresearch,MACalso enable local IHLs and companies to conduct aquacultureprovides learning opportunities and transfers technology R&D. The IHLs could also leverage MACs existing facilitiestotheindustry.DuringtheFY,weinvitedanindustry such as breeding tanks and rotifer culture system to trialexpert to conduct a technical workshop on live feeds for experimental systems or prototypes. MACs expertise inlocal farmers. An aquaculture technical exchange was also fish husbandry and the availability of biological materialsorganised for overseas participants from an aquaculture such as fish fry and microalgae serve to further facilitateinstituteintheUSA. Theseactivitiesenabledgreater research activities. understanding of SFAs intensive and sustainable efforts in In addition, MAC worked with GovTech in FY 2019 onsecuring food fish supply for Singapore.the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and image recognition technologytoautomatethecountingofrotifers. This replaced the previously time-consuming daily manual counting of rotifers, which are essential in hatcheries as feed for fish larvae. With the digitalisation of this routine operation, the time taken for rotifer culture management was reduced from 40 minutes to one minute.SINGAPORE FOOD AGENCYANNUAL REPORT 2019/20 25'