b'SECURING OUR FOOD SUPPLYHorticulture research InnovationCentre(AIC).LaunchedinJune2019,this Singapore seeks to build a circular economy for food tofirst-evercentreofinnovationat TemasekPolytechnic reduce loss and convert waste into resource for anotherwill drive R&D and co-innovation partnerships as well as part of the supply chain. There has been increasing localoffer training and development opportunities in agri-tech. interest to use food waste compost (FWC) as fertiliserKeyfocus areas will be on: (1) nutrition, feeds, additives and for agricultural purposes. FWC is rich in nutrients thatfeeding management; (2) health and disease management; are potentially useful as fertiliser replacement. However,and (3) genetics, breeding and seed production. there is currently a lack of guidelines on the use of FWC for agriculture. InFY2019,SFAinitiatedatrialonFWCtoidentify thesuitableapplicationratesforvegetablecultivation. Preliminary results showed that FWC could be used as basal fertiliser to grow vegetables, as it is possible to achieve yieldscomparabletousingchickenmanurecompost. Further studies on use of FWC for vegetable growing and in large-scale farm application will be carried out.Developing a pipeline of local agricultural talentsAgri-food is a growth sector that will provide new jobs andexcitingcareeropportunitiesforSingaporeans asagricultureengineers,urbanfarmingspecialists,Meeting industry needs with internship and andresearchers.SFAisworkingwithseveralIHLstoacademic certificationgroom talents in agriculture technologies, with in-depthSFA has in place an Attract, Emplace and Retain strategy understanding of urban farming processes and businessto encourage students to pursue a career in the agri-food models,andexpertiseinareasincludingengineering,sector. In FY 2019, SFA continued to work with IHLs and info-communicationstechnology,andentrepreneurship.the industry to provide structured internship for a total With the industry, government, and IHLs working closelyof 21 students who were matched to 11 farms. A local on innovation and R&D, Singapore has the potential tofarm also had one of its staff attached to SFA for technical become a leader in agricultural technology.training on aquaculture.Supporting urban agriculture research in junior collegeIn2018,Life3Biotech(Life3),NationalJuniorCollege (NJC),andthethen-Agri-Food& Veterinary Authority signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaboratively establishProjectCube/RootsSingaporesfirsturban agriculture research facility in a junior college for R&D ofinnovative,sustainableagri-techsolutionsforthe production of healthy food.The facility was launched in May 2019. Housed together with NJCs existing scientific research facilities, it provides space,equipment,andsupporttohelpnurturethe nextgenerationofagriculturalexperts.DuringtheFY, SFA worked with Life3 and NJC to scope and provideIn addition, SFA collaborated with Republic Polytechnic technical advisory on student research projects. Trainingtoofferanewpart-timeDiplomain AppliedScience sessions on edible crop production were also conductedin Urban Agricultural Technology for adult learners, and to equip NJCs teachers and students with the necessarywith the Institute of Technical Education on a SkillsFuture basic knowledge and skills in growing vegetables. Work-Study initiative. A Graduate Certificate programme inFoodScience&Technology,offeredbyNanyang Driving R&D, innovation and training in aquaculture TechnologicalUniversityandWageningenUniversity Aspartofaconsortiumofnineresearchinstitutes,&Research(Netherlands),isalsointhepipelinefor agencies, universities and polytechnics, SFA is committedcommencement in October 2020. tosupportingprogrammesrunbytheAquaculture 26 SINGAPORE FOOD AGENCYANNUAL REPORT 2019/20'