Careers in the Agri-Food Sector

Recruiting for the Agri-Food Sector

Agritech Work Permit Scheme

The Conditions of Work Permits

The Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) Agritech Work Permit Scheme is for SFA-licensed food farms to employ foreign workers. Foreign workers employed under this scheme are only permitted to perform farming-related works such as cultivation of food crops, rearing animals for food (such as livestock, poultry and fish) and related works. Food farms with workers on the Agritech Work Permit Scheme are to adhere to the MOM’s Conditions of Work Permits.

How to employ foreign workers under the Agritech Work Permit Scheme

Step 1: Register your entity with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA)

Step 2: Open a CPF account with the Central Provident Fund Board

Step 3: Open a Work Pass account via Work Pass Account Registration (WPAR) at MOM.

Source Countries

Under MOM’s Agritech Work Permit Scheme, farms can employ foreign workers from the following source countries.

Type of Source (Country / Region) 
People’s Republic of China (PRC)
North Asian sources (NAS) e.g South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan
Non-traditional sources (NTS) e.g Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand


Type of Foreign Worker

Maximum Employment Period

Basic-skilled (R2)

14 years

Higher-skilled (R1)*

22 years

*R1 skilled workers are recognised under the Market-Based Skills Recognition Framework.

 For enquiries on Agritech Work Permit Scheme, kindly email



The agri-food sector is a growth sector that offers many jobs and diverse career opportunities for talent in agriculture and aquaculture sciences, engineering, and info-comm technology. To support the development of this sector and facilitate job matching, SFA works with Workforce Singapore to publicise career opportunities on MyCareersFuture (MCF) online job portal. 


Recruiting for the Agri-Food Sector

For Employers

Employers looking to recruit can post job opportunities on the MCF online job portal here. To find out more information about MCF, please refer to the FAQ.