b'MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMANSecuring our food supply potential for us to grow more with less, in a sustainable SFA ensures and secures a supply of safe food throughmanner. For instance, it is now possible to produce 10 to threestrategies,ourthreefoodbasketsdiversify15 times the yield per hectare of vegetables compared to importsources;raiselocalproduction;andencouragetraditional outdoor soil-based farming.firms to grow food overseas. Amidst the ongoing globalSince2017,SFAhasbeenawardingagricultureland outbreak of COVID-19 where food production has beenthroughacompetitivelandtenderbasistoagri-food severely impacted, resulting in flows of food supplies beingcompanieswithpromisingtechnologies.Onesuch re-prioritised by food-exporting countries to serve theircompanyisLivFresh,avegetablefarm. Thefarmuses own markets first, our food security strategies are beingmodern greenhouse growing techniques, which mitigate put to the test. the impact of unfavourable weather conditions and can produce up to six times more vegetables than traditional Diversifying import sources soil-based farming. Moving forward, SFA will study how Importsourcediversificationhelpsustoreduceourthe larger Lim Chu Kang agriculture area can be planned reliance on any single source for any particular food item.andredevelopedtoenhanceourfoodproductionto Today, our food sources are diversified over 170 countriesachieveour30-by-30goal. Thisincludeslookingat andregions.Tofurtheraugmentthisdiversificationcentralised facilities and services to achieve economies strategy, in 2019, SFA introduced a new import licensingof scale and introducing circular economy principles for conditionthatrequiresoureggimporterstoadoptresource efficiency at systems level.business continuity plans to mitigate the impact of supplyOver the past five years, SFA has committed $38 million disruptions. SFA also put in place a regulatory frameworkfromAgricultureProductivityFund(APF)tosupport fortheimportofpasteurisedshelleggs,aswellasmorethan100agricultureandaquaculturefarmsin approved the import of free-range eggs from Australia,theirproductivity-enhancementinvestmentsandthis New Zealand, and Denmark. Such initiatives open moreincentive will be extended until the end of 2020. Given egg sources, as farms that might not be Salmonella-freeour land constraint, we should also transform farming at or free-range layer farms can now export to Singaporesea to make practices much more productive, sustainable, as long as they adhere to our biosecurity requirements. andclimate-resilientthroughtechnologicalinnovations. One example is the Aquaculture Centre of Excellence Pte.Ltd.(ACE),whichreceivedfundingsupport fromtheAPFanddevelopedapurpose-builtclosed containmentfloatingfarm,knownasEco-Ark,officially commissioned in November 2019. It combines Offshore &MarineTechnologywithRecirculatingAquaculture Systemthatallowsittofilterandtreatseawater,kill pathogens, and reduce the vulnerability of fish to external seawater conditions.Besides the use of technology, SFA is also studying the expansionofsustainablefishfarminginthedeeper southernwatersofSingapore.Thestudyincludes consultationswithourstakeholderstoensurethat aquaculture can become a major part of local production andtocreateopportunitiesfortheindustryto Raising local productionAlthough import source diversification has served us well, COVID-19 underscores the importance of having a buffer in case of global supply disruptions. Raising local production further will reduce our reliance on food imports.Our goal is to produce 30 percent of Singapores nutritional needsby2030locally,upfromlessthan10percent today.As a small country with limited space, our land usefacesmanycompetingneeds.Withsuchsevere space constraints, the 30-by-30 goal is highly ambitious. Technology advancements will be key in unlocking the 4 SINGAPORE FOOD AGENCYANNUAL REPORT 2019/20'