Food Farming

Tranche 3 - FAQ

General Questions

Q1.Where can I find the news releases concerning SFA farm land sales?

News on the sale of farm land including land SFAilable for tender, closing of tender and award of tender can be found on our website.

Q2.Can I print out the Tender Documents from SFA’s website and use them for tender submission?

No. You have to purchase the Tender Packet from SFA Service Centre for tender submission. Parties interested to participate in the tender are advised to purchase the Tender Packet. The responsibility of SFA and the Government is limited to notifying purchasers of the Tender Packet on updates and changes to the Tender Documents.

Q3.Can a company or a person who is debarred by the Standing Committee On Debarment (“SCOD”), Ministry of Finance, participate in SFA tenders during the debarment?

Any company or person debarred by SCOD from participating in "all lines of business", cannot participate in all public tenders including SFA tenders during the debarment period.

Q4.Can a company whose director(s) is debarred by SCOD participate in SFA tenders?

The company can participate in SFA tenders only if:

a) the company was incorporated before and not after the effective date of debarment of the director(s);

b) the debarment was not for corruption or rigging; and

c) the company is not debarred.

Q5.Can a public listed company put in a tender which is subject to its shareholders approval if the tender is accepted, i.e. in compliance with Chapter 10 of the Listing Manual requiring shareholders approval at an EGM if the company is to make a major acquisition?

No, Tenderers are required to submit firm and unconditional offers. The following should also be noted:

a) A tender submitted cannot be withdrawn by the tenderer after the date and time for submission of tenders.

b) If a tender is withdrawn after the date and time for submission of tenders, the tender deposit will be forfeited.

Q6.If there is more than one company tendering jointly for Land Parcel(s), how should the Form of Tender be completed?

Where a tender is submitted jointly by 2 or more companies, Section 7(B) of the Form of Tender shall be completed to reflect the particulars of all the joint tenderers. See example below. If there is insufficient space in the Form of Tender, a separate sheet of paper listing the particulars of the companies jointly tendering for the Land Parcel(s) should be attached together with the Form of Tender.

Example of how Section 7(B) of the Form of Tender shall be completed to provide all information on both companies when the tender is submitted jointly by 2 companies, Company A and Company B.

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Q7.Must a tenderer be a registered company to tender for the sites? Are joint ventures allowed?

There is no restriction on the type of entity for the submission of tender. Individuals and business entities (e.g. Sole Proprietorship/Partnership/Private Limited Company/etc) are allowed to tender, and joint ventures are allowed. The individuals and/or business entities listed in Section 7 of the Form of Tender will be collectively referred to as the “Tenderer”.

Q8.Can the tendering company include new shareholders after the award of tender?

Shareholders as at the Tender Closing Date (9 Jan 2018) must hold and continue to retain a controlling interest of more than fifty per cent (50%) of the shares in the company throughout the Lease Term. Refer to Condition 39 in the Conditions of Tender for requirements on controlling interest.

Q9.Would overseas Production Track Records be recognised and can it be used as part of my tender submission?

Yes, overseas Production Track Records would be recognised. Tenderers must list the types of produce, and in particular, the production output of the farm (for General Agriculture (Food) Farming) or the revenue generated (for General Agriculture (Non-Food) Farming).

Q10.Can I submit documents written in Chinese about my experience/track record in China?

The Tender Proposal Form must be completed in English. However, if the original versions of your supporting documents are in Chinese, SFA can accept them. Please provide an explanation in English on the purpose of each supporting document submitted in Chinese.

Q11.For a Tenderer without Production Track Records, but who intends to use a farming system from a proven solution provider, how should Section 2 of the Tender Proposal Form be completed?

Tenderers can indicate the production output from prototype systems (if applicable) in Section 2 of the Tender Proposal Form. However, for Tenderers without track record and prototype systems, Section 2 of the Tender Proposal Form should be left blank.

Q12.If the solution provider decides to partner the Tenderer and submits a joint tender, or takes an equity stake in the tendering company, can the Production Track Records of the solution provider be used in Section 2 of the Tender Proposal Form?

Tenderers can indicate the track records and relevant experience of partners (e.g. partners in a joint tender or equity partners with shareholding in the tendering company) in the Tender Proposal Form. There are requirements on controlling interest when the Successful Tenderer is a company or includes one or more companies, including the requirement for shareholders as at the Tender Closing Date to hold and continue to retain a controlling interest of more than fifty percent (50%) of the shares in the company throughout the Lease Term. Refer to Condition 39 in the Conditions of Tender for requirements on controlling interest.

Q13.Are we allowed to partner with foreign companies for this tender?

There are no restrictions on joint ventures with foreign business entities.

Q14.We operate 2 companies, Company A and Company B. Company A is a farm that solely produces Ornamental Fish. However, the Ornamental Fish produced by Company A are sold via Company B. How should I complete the Production Track Record portion in Section 2 of the Tender Proposal Form for General Agriculture (Non-food) Farming? [Updated - 25/7/18]

You can indicate the production output of Company A in Section 2 of the Tender Proposal Form. If you intend to reflect the sales revenue of Company B, you will need to provide documentary proof that Company B’s sales revenues are derived from the production output of Company A.

Q15.Are there resources where I can find statistics on the amount and type of vegetables imported into Singapore? [Updated - 25/7/18]

Aggregated statistics on vegetable consumption can be found on our website (under ‘Categories’, tick ‘Yearly Statistics’).

Granular information on vegetable import statistics can be purchased from the Singapore Trade Statistics (additional resource required for downloading the data: HS code listing of vegetables).

Q16.Are there resources where I can find a list of seed distributors? [Updated - 25/7/18]

A list of agriculture-related businesses can be found on www.agri-biz.com, an agri-food business directory.

Q17.Will we be able to visit the sites and how can we navigate to the correct Land Parcel?

Designated time slots for viewing, by reservation only
The Land Parcels are currently hoarded up as there are ongoing extensive land preparation works. SFA has arranged for accessibility for viewings at the following time slots. Visitors who wish to view the Land Parcels may contact Land Sales Section at 6805 2987 or Landsales@sfa.gov.sg.

Schedule for viewing:

Date 29 Jun 2018 AM (Fri)

6 Jul 2018 AM (Fri)
Location/Time The viewings will cover all the Land Parcels launched in Tranche 3. Visitors are to note that transport will not be provided.

LCK 114C/LCK 114D : 9.30 a.m.

ST 35A : 10.15 a.m.

ST 76A/ST 76B : 11.00 a.m.

Please note that visitors shall be responsible for their own safety when they enter the Land.

Please contact Land Sales Section to register your interest for viewing of the Land Parcels by 26 Jun 2018. Visitors are advised to refer to the Location Plan for General Agriculture (Food) Farming/Location Plan for General Agriculture (Non-Food) Farming and the signboards installed on site for the location of the sales sites.

Questions on Concept and Price tender and tender mechanism

Q18.What is Concept and Price Tender System? How are the tenders going to be evaluated?

First Stage

A Concept Evaluation Committee appointed by SFA will evaluate the Tender Proposal Form in accordance to the Tender Evaluation Criteria in Part V of the Technical Conditions of Tender. Tenderers who cross the first stage will be qualified for the second stage assessment. The Form of Tender will be returned unopened to Tenderers who do not cross the first stage assessment.

Second Stage

A Tender Evaluation Committee (TEC) appointed by SFA will evaluate the Tendered Sale Price in the Form of Tender. The TEC’s decision is final and SFA is not obliged to disclose any reason for its decision.

Q19.Can we tender for more than one Land Parcel?

For General Agriculture (Food) Farming - LCK 114C/LCK 114D

Yes, each Tenderer can tender for up to a maximum of two Land Parcels. If the Tenderer chooses to tender for 2 Land Parcels, he is only allowed to choose LCK 114C and LCK 114D as his sole Selection.

For General Agriculture (Non-Food) Farming - ST76A/ST76B

Yes, each Tenderer can tender for both Land Parcels ST 76A and ST 76B.

Q20.Will I be awarded fewer Land Parcels than what I have indicated in my Selections?

No, the Successful Tenderer will be awarded according to the number and selection of Land Parcels that he indicated in the Form of Tender.

Q21.What is the reason for allowing Alternative Selections?

In addition to the mandatory 1st Selection, Tenderers can choose to indicate Alternative Selections. In the event that the Tenderer is not awarded the Land Parcel(s) indicated as the 1st Selection, the tender evaluation committee will consider his Alternative Selections and determine if he ought to be awarded the Land Parcel(s) based on his Alternative Selections. The tender evaluation committee shall not be bound to consider the Land Parcel(s) in order of preference if the Tenderer has indicated Alternative Selections of Land Parcel(s). Please see the following example for illustration.

Scenario

Tendering company XY Co Pte Ltd wants to tender for 1 Land Parcel – LCK114C, but also views LCK 114D as a suitable site. In this scenario, XY Co Pte Ltd will indicate LCK 114C as the mandatory 1st Selection and LCK 114D as the optional Alternative Section. In the event that LCK 114C is unavailable (i.e. awarded to another Tenderer), the Tender Proposal XY Co Pte Ltd submitted will be considered for LCK 114D.

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Q22.How will I be notified on the award of Tender?

SFA will inform the Successful Tenderer of the acceptance of his Tender by letter (“Tender Acceptance Letter”) sent to him by post or, if SFA deems fit, delivered to him by hand, to the address given in his Form of Tender. The date of the Tender Acceptance Letter from SFA to the Successful Tenderer shall be deemed to be the date of acceptance by SFA of the Tender (“Date of Tender Acceptance”).

Q23.When will the award of Tender be announced?

The tender evaluation process could take about 3-4 months from the Tender Closing Date. Hence, the results of the Tender would be announced in 4th Quarter 2018. SFA will notify all Tenderers of the outcome of their application when the results of the Tender are released in 4th Quarter 2018.

Q24.Who is evaluating the tenders? How will I know if the process is fair?

Tender Proposals will be evaluated against the Tender Evaluation Criteria, by a Concept Evaluation Committee (CEC) comprising of both external experts and relevant government agencies to ensure robust evaluation. A Tender Evaluation Committee (TEC) appointed by SFA will evaluate the Tendered Sale Price in the Form of Tender. The Tenderer shall note that this Tender’s evaluation shall not be solely determined by the Tendered Sale Price.

Q25.Is the Successful Tenderer allowed to change the technology and systems used, while maintaining the Potential Production Output/ Potential Business Revenue declared in the Tender Proposal?

The Tenderer must adhere to the Tender Proposal (submitted in the Tender Proposal Form) throughout the Lease Term. SFA reserves the right to allow or reject the Successful Tenderer’s request to vary the Tender Proposal contained in the Tender Proposal Form during the Lease Term and SFA’s decision shall be final and binding.

Q26.Will the score based on the Tender Evaluation Criteria in the first stage be factored into the assessment during the second stage? [Updated - 25/7/18]

The evaluation of the Tender Proposals in the first stage will determine the Tenders that qualify for the second stage of assessment. The scores given at the first stage will not be considered at the second stage.

The second stage will be evaluated based on the Tendered Sale Price indicated in the Form of Tender.

Questions on payment of tender deposit and other fees

Q27.How do we make payments for the tender deposit and the Tendered Sale Price? Are personal cheques, company cheques or cash acceptable?

Tender deposits paid at the time of tender submission shall be in the form of Cashier's Order(s) made payable to the “Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore”. The Tenderer shall pay the tender deposit of S$20,000.00 per Land Parcel, in accordance with the number of Land Parcels tendered.

All subsequent payments of the Tendered Sale Price shall be in the form of Cashier's Orders made payable to the “Commissioner of Lands, SLA”.

Personal cheques, company cheques or cash are not acceptable.

Q28.Can the Tendered Sale Price be paid by instalments?

Payment shall be made in full in accordance with the Conditions of Tender. The Successful Tenderer shall submit the Cashier’s Orders to SFA in the following manner:

a) within 28 days from and including the date of the Tender Acceptance Letter, twenty-five per cent (25%) of the Tendered Sale Price (included in which is the tender deposit), together with GST payable on the twenty-five per cent (25%) of the Tendered Sale Price, by Cashier’s Order made in favour of “Commissioner of Lands, SLA”; and

b) on or before the date of expiry of the 90 Days Period, the balance of seventy-five per cent (75%) of the Tendered Sale Price, together with the GST payable thereon, by Cashier’s Order made in favour of “Commissioner of Lands, SLA”.

Q29.Are there other fees that I need to pay to SFA?

In addition to the Tendered Sale Price of the awarded Land Parcels as listed in the Form of Tender, the Successful Tenderer shall pay to SFA:

a) an alienation processing fee of S$1,000 for each Land Parcel awarded; and

b) the cadastral survey costs of the awarded Land Parcels as listed in the table below.

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The Successful Tenderer shall also pay the proper amount of ad valorem stamp duty chargeable on the Tender Acceptance Letter under Article 8(b) or 8(c) of the First Schedule of the Stamp Duties Act (Cap. 312) (whichever is applicable) within fourteen (14) days from and including the Date of Tender Acceptance directly to Inland Revenue Authority Of Singapore (IRAS).

Q30.How much should the Tenderer indicate as the Tendered Sale Price? Is there a minimum Tendered Sale Price? [Updated - 25/7/18]

There is no minimum Tendered Sale Price. The Tendered Sale Price must be decided by each Tenderer based on his own assessment.

Questions on Potential Production Output [Applicable for General Agriculture (Food) Farming ONLY]

Q31.What is Potential Production Output?

The Potential Production Output is the annual production output for the proposed farm.

Tenderers shall provide the Potential Production Output in Section 1c of the Tender Proposal Form for the mandatory 1st Selection and each Alternative Selection (if Alternative Selections have been indicated in the Form of Tender).

The Successful Tenderer shall achieve the Potential Production Output within five years of the Date of Tender Acceptance, and maintain or exceed the Potential Production Output throughout the remaining Lease Term. If the Successful Tenderer fails to achieve the Potential Production Output, SFA shall be entitled to re-enter the land and resume possession of the Land without refund of Land Premium or compensation of any kind.

Q32.Do we need to specify the species to be produced for the Potential Production Output in the Tender Proposal Form?

Yes, you are required to specify the product(s) to be produced in Section 1b of the Tender Proposal Form.

Q33.Will Successful Tenderers still be required to meet the 90% land utilisation requirement even if they can meet the Potential Production Output using lesser land area?

Yes. Successful Tenderers shall ensure that at least 90% of the land shall be used for production and production related purposes, i.e. the minimum Production Area for each Land Parcel must still be met, refer to Appendix F of the Conditions of Tender (Appendix F - Condition 2.1). Any deviation from this requirement is subject to the consent of SFA.

Q34.What would happen to the land if the Successful Tenderer cannot fulfil their Tender Proposal after the tender has been awarded?

Successful Tenderers must achieve the Potential Production Output within five years of the Date of Tender Acceptance, and maintain or exceed the Potential Production Output throughout the remaining Lease Term. Failure to perform the above conditions will result in a breach of contract, SFA may re-enter the land and resume possession of the Land without refund of Land Premium or compensation of any kind.

Tenderers must consider their business sustainability when declaring their Potential Production Output. Innovation and Business Sustainability accounts for 20% of the evaluation criteria, and Tenderers are required to submit their business plan as part of their Tender Proposal. SFA will assess the Tender Proposals holistically, in accordance with the 4 Tender Evaluation Criteria.

Q35.In the event of disruptions to farm production due to unforeseen circumstances such as pest or disease outbreaks, would SFA relax the requirement for meeting the Potential Production Output?

Successful Tenderers are required to adhere strictly to the Potential Production Output declared in the Tender Proposal Form. In the event of pest or disease outbreaks, SFA would assess the situation and consider granting extensions of time to achieve the Potential Production Output on a case by case basis.

Q36.How would SFA track and assess the Potential Production Output?

Successful Tenderers are required to submit reports on the farm's production output to SFA on a quarterly basis and also engage an independent public accountant/accounting firm to carry out annual audits of the production outputs, if required by SFA.

Questions on Potential Business Revenue [Applicable for General Agriculture (Non-Food) Farming ONLY]

Q37.What is Potential Business Revenue?

The Potential Business Revenue is the annual sales revenue from farm produce that the Tenderer indicates at Section 1(c) of the Tender Proposal Form.

Tenderers shall provide the Potential Business Revenue in Section 1c of the Tender Proposal Form for the mandatory 1st Selection and each Alternative Selection (if Alternative Selections have been indicated in the Form of Tender).

The Successful Tenderer shall achieve the Potential Business Revenue within five years of the Date of Tender Acceptance, and maintain or exceed the Potential Business Revenue throughout the remaining Lease Term. If the Successful Tenderer fails to achieve the Potential Business Revenue, SFA shall be entitled to re-enter the land and resume possession of the Land without refund of Land Premium or compensation of any kind.

Q38.For General Agriculture (Non-Food) Farming plots, why is Production Capability and Production Track Record measured using revenue instead of production quantity in the earlier Fixed Price Tenders?

Land use should be optimised as land is scarce in Singapore. As food farming contributes to Singapore’s food supply, the volume of food produced is important. Thus, Potential Production Output (in tonnes) is the measurement for food farming plots. However, non-food farming activities tend towards value-adding and revenue generation. Thus, revenue is a more suitable measurement for non-food farming activities.

Q39.Do we need to specify the species to be produced in the Tender Proposal Form?

Yes, you are required to specify the product(s) to be produced in Section 1b of the Tender Proposal Form.

Q40.Will Successful Tenderers still be required to meet the 90% land utilisation requirement even if they can meet the Potential Business Revenue using lesser land area?

Yes. Successful Tenderers shall ensure that at least 90% of the land shall be used for production and production related purposes, i.e. the minimum Production Area for each Land Parcel must still be met, refer to Appendix F of the Conditions of Tender (Appendix F - Condition 2.1). Any deviation from this requirement is subject to the written consent of SFA.

Q41.What would happen to the land if the Successful Tenderer cannot fulfil their Tender Proposal after the tender has been awarded?

Successful Tenderers must achieve the Potential Business Revenue within five years of the Date of Tender Acceptance, and maintain or exceed the Potential Business Revenue throughout the remaining Lease Term. Failure to perform the above conditions will result in a breach of contract, SFA may re-enter the land and resume possession of the Land without refund of Land Premium or compensation of any kind.

Q42.In the event of disruptions to farm production due to unforeseen circumstances such as pest or disease outbreaks, would SFA relax the requirement for meeting the Potential Business Revenue?

Successful Tenderers are required to adhere strictly to the Potential Business Revenue declared in the Tender Proposal Form. In the event of pest or disease outbreaks, SFA would assess the situation and consider granting extensions of time to achieve the Potential Business Revenue on a case by case basis.

Q43.How would SFA track and assess the Potential Business Revenue?

Successful Tenderers are required to submit reports on the farm's revenue to SFA on a quarterly basis and also engage an independent public accountant/accounting firm to carry out annual audits of the farm's revenue, if required by SFA.

Questions on lease conditions, land utilisation and farm development

Q44.When does the 20-year Lease Term start?

The Lease Term starts on the date where site possession has been granted to the Successful Tenderer. Site possession shall be granted to the Successful Tenderer upon receipt of the full payment of the Tendered Sale Price, prevailing GST payable on the Tendered Sale Price, cadastral survey cost and other costs, e.g. stamp duty, and alienation processing fee. The exact date shall be stated in the Letter of Possession.

Q45.Can I change my land use half way through my lease?

No change of land use is allowed. Land is tendered for the specific use [e.g. General Agriculture (Food) Farming] and Successful Tenderers are required to adhere to their Tender Proposal during the Lease Term.

Q46.What is the Project Completion Period?

The Project Completion Period (“PCP”) means the period of 24 months commencing from the Date of Tender Acceptance for the construction and the obtaining of Temporary Occupation Permit (“TOP”) or Permits for the whole of the Development.

Q47.Is Extension Premium applicable to the sites?

Successful Tenderers who cannot meet the PCP and need more time to complete the Development will need to apply to SFA for an extension of the PCP. Any extension given may be subjected to an Extension Premium based on the following schedule of rates:

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Q48.Can I carry out development of the farm in phases and obtain TOP only for the 1st phase of development within the PCP? Subsequent phases will be developed only when production stability is achieved and when market demand increases.

All requests to develop the farm in phases (“Phased Development”) will be assessed on a case by case basis, taking into account the farm’s development plans and development timeline. SFA shall be at liberty to impose any terms and conditions including the payment of an extension premium based on the farm’s development plans and development timeline.

The requirement for the Successful Tenderer to achieve the Potential Production Output/Potential Business Revenue within five years of the Date of Tender Acceptance, and maintain or exceed the Potential Production Output/Potential Business Revenue throughout the remaining Lease Term will still apply for Phased Developments. If the Successful Tenderer fails to achieve the Potential Production Output/Potential Business Revenue, SFA shall be entitled to re-enter the land and resume possession of the Land without refund of Land Premium or compensation of any kind.

Q49.How do I apply for a farm licence? Do I have to apply for a farm license before putting in a tender?

The Successful Tenderer shall be required to obtain at his own expense a licence from SFA to keep and maintain a farm in accordance with the Animals and Birds (Licensing of Farms) Rules and/or Control of Plants Act (Cultivation of Plants) (Licensing and Certification) Rules (where applicable) prior to the start of any farming activity or within a period of one (1) month from the date of issue of Temporary Occupation Permit or Permits for the whole of the Development or such other time as may be required by the Authority, whichever is earlier. Information on the application of a farm licence and the licensing conditions for various farm types can be found on our website.

Q50.If I were to exit the business, can I transfer or sell the farm land and farm license?

Any transfer or sale will be subject to SFA’s consent, which may be given or withheld at SFA’s absolute discretion. In giving consent for any transfer or sale, SFA reserves the right to impose any terms and conditions as it shall at its entire and unfettered discretion deem fit and which terms and conditions may include the levy of a fee.

Q51.Is subletting allowed?

SFA will not consider subletting the Land in its vacant or undeveloped state, and at any time prior to the date of issue of TOP or Permits for the whole of the Development. After TOP or Permits for the whole of the Development has been obtained and throughout the remaining Lease Term, no subletting is allowed without the prior written consent of SFA, which may be given or withheld at SFA’s absolute discretion.

Q52.Can I use Aquaponic Systems on the Land? [Applicable for General Agriculture (Food) Farming Only]

Yes, Aquaponics is included in the list of allowable production-related purposes. If products from the aquaponic systems are intended for commercial sales, the Successful Tenderer will need to obtain the relevant farming licences from SFA.

Q53.Can I have a visitor centre and retail outlets?

Land is tendered for specific use (e.g. General Agriculture (Food) Farming). The allowable ancillary uses are Workers’ Quarters, Office and Carpark (refer to Appendix A of the Conditions of Tender). Any proposal for other ancillary uses is subject to the approval of SFA and the relevant authorities.

Visitor centre and retail outlets can be considered as part of the farm’s ancillary use, and are subject to the approval of SFA and the relevant authorities. The Successful Tenderer shall comply with URA’s prevailing guidelines which allow supporting visitor amenities as an ancillary use on farms (see current guidelines in table below). These guidelines apply on a per development basis (i.e. if a Tenderer is awarded contiguous Land Parcels, the maximum allowable Gross Floor Area for supporting visitor amenities will remain capped at the areas listed in the table below). Development Charge/Differential Premium/additional land premium, where payable, will be levied for these visitor amenities. SFA’s endorsement and planning approval by URA is required.

The total outdoor and indoor floor areas for all ancillary uses on each Land Parcel shall not exceed the areas listed in Appendix F of the Conditions of Tender (Appendix F - Condition 2.1).

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Q54.Is there a size limit to the packaging/processing centre that I can build on the farm?

If the packaging/processing centre is assessed by the relevant authorities to be ancillary in nature, there is a Maximum Floor Area limit on the ancillary uses (refer to Appendix A of the Conditions of Tender for allowable production and production-related uses, and Maximum Floor Area for ancillary uses for each Land Parcel).

Q55.What is the meaning of AMSL?

All developments within the LCK114C and LCK114D are subjected to the building height control of 40m above mean sea level ("AMSL"), as well as requirements and approvals by the relevant authorities. Note that the building height control for ST35A, ST76A and ST76B is at 60m AMSL.

As an illustration, 40m AMSL refers to a maximum building height of 40m above mean sea level, this is a standard industry technical requirement. A professional architect or Qualified Person hired to design the development would be able to advise Tenderers on this requirement.

Q56.What is the topology of the sites?

We have attached a Planimetric Plan that indicates the Reduced Level (“RL”) on the sites in the Technical Information Booklet. Successful Tenderers are advised to carry out their own survey of the sites prior to construction works.

Q57.Can the requirement on minimum Production Area be waived for a multi-storey farm where the total floor area within the building has met the requirement? In such a scenario, can the remaining land be left vacant or be used for vehicle driveways?

For multi-storey farms where the total floor area within the building has met the minimum Production Area, requests to waive the requirement on minimum Production Area will be assessed on a case by case basis. The requirement to comply with the cap on Floor Area for ancillary uses, as stipulated in Appendix A of the Conditions of Tender must still be met. Generally, vehicle driveways to serve production or production-related purposes will contribute towards the minimum Production Area.

Q58.If we successfully bid for 2 plots of land, can we maximize the Production Area to 95% on one plot, and bring over another 5% to a total of 15% for ancillary use on the other plot?

As stated in Appendix A and the Planning Guidelines in Appendix F of the Conditions of Tender, the maximum Floor Area for ancillary uses shall not exceed the Floor Area listed in the following table for the respective Land Parcel.

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The Successful Tenderer of a single farm development on contiguous Land Parcels is similarly required to comply with the above Planning Guidelines. Any request to deviate from the above is subject to case by case assessment and the consent of SFA and the relevant authorities.

Q59.There are requirements from various technical agencies in this tender (i.e. PUB/NEA/SCDF/etc), can we have information on who to contact for further details on these requirements?

The contact persons for the various technical agencies are listed in the Tender Documents – Conditions and Requirements of Relevant Authorities/Public Utility Licensees (For Tenderers’ information only).

Q60.I am interested to do mixed farming, e.g. Seafood and Food Frog in the same farm development. Is mixed farming allowed?

Yes, mixed farming for both General Agriculture (Food) and (Non-food) farming plots is allowed as long as the farm types proposed are permitted under the Tender Conditions (refer to Appendix A of the Conditions of Tender). For submission of mixed farming proposals, the Tenderer should indicate clearly the percentage of farm used for the respective Farm Types and include other relevant information for each Farm Type in Section 1(c) of the Tender Proposal Form as illustrated in the example below:

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Q61.What are the infrastructures and services already provided for and what does the Successful Tenderer need to set up?

For LCK114C/LCK114D – General Agriculture (Food) Farming

SEWER SYSTEM
PUB is implementing a sewerage system to serve Lim Chu Kang which is estimated to be completed by end 2020. Before the completion of the sewerage system, the Successful Tenderer will be required to use holding tanks (subject to approval from PUB) to handle used water generated at the site. The holding tanks shall be constructed at the Successful Tenderer’s own cost. Upon the completion of the sewerage system, the Successful Tenderer will be required to divert the used water discharged from the Land into the public sewer. The Successful Tenderer shall bear the cost of the flow diversion including the construction of internal drain lines, sewers and other sewerage facilities necessary to effect the flow diversion. The Successful Tenderer shall also demolish all the disused sewerage facilities and holding tanks after the flow diversion.

WATER SUPPLY
Water supply pipelines are available in the vicinity of the Land. Tenderers are advised to contact PUB on water supply applications. The Successful Tenderer shall bear the cost of connection fees, including the pipes and other facilities necessary for the connection.

ELECTRICAL SUBSTATION
SFA is constructing a proposed 22kV electrical substations (“ESS”) in the vicinity and is targeting to commission the ESS by end 2019. The existing ESS within LCK114D will only be decommissioned and demolished by SP PowerGrid after the proposed ESS is commissioned. The Successful Tenderer shall allow the SP PowerGrid and its contractor and/or agent the right of access/exclusive use and occupation of certain areas within the Land Parcels as described in detail in Condition 3.3 of the Technical Conditions of Tender.

Upon completion of the proposed ESS, there will be 400A of power available from the 22kV ESS. If the farm operation requires power supply of more than 400A, the Successful Tenderer shall construct their own 22kV/LV ESS as part of their farm development within their Land Parcel. The Successful Tenderer shall bear the cost of connection fees, including the cables and other facilities necessary for the connection.

GAS
There are no existing gas mains in the vicinity of the Land.

For ST35A – General Agriculture (Food) Farming

SEWER SYSTEM
PUB is implementing public sewers within the vicinity of the proposed sale site. These sewers will be ready to receive used water from the farm plots after October 2019. Before the completion of the sewerage system, the Successful Tenderer will be required to use holding tanks (subject to approval from PUB) to handle used water generated at the site. The holding tanks shall be constructed at the Successful Tenderer’s own cost. Upon the completion of the sewerage system, the Successful Tenderer will be required to divert the used water discharged from the Land into the public sewer. The Successful Tenderer shall bear the cost of the flow diversion including the construction of internal drain lines, sewers and other sewerage facilities necessary to effect the flow diversion. The Successful Tenderer shall also demolish all the disused sewerage facilities and holding tanks after the flow diversion.

WATER SUPPLY
Water supply pipelines are available in the vicinity of the Land. Tenderers are advised to contact PUB on water supply applications. The Successful Tenderer shall bear the cost of connection fees, including the pipes and other facilities necessary for the connection.

ELECTRICAL SUBSTATION
SFA is constructing a proposed 22kV electrical substations (“ESS”) in the vicinity and is targeting to commission the ESS by 1st Quarter 2020. Upon completion of the ESS, there will be 400A of power available from the 22kV ESS. If the farm operation requires power supply of more than 400A, the Successful Tenderer shall construct their own 22kV/LV ESS as part of their farm development within their Land Parcel. The Successful Tenderer shall bear the cost of connection fees, including the cables and other facilities necessary for the connection.

GAS
There are existing gas transmission and distribution pipelines along the eastern boundary of the Land Parcel. The Successful Tenderer shall refer to Condition 4.0 of the Conditions and Requirements of Relevant Authorities / Public Utilities Licensees for requirements on working near to gas pipelines.

For ST76A/ ST76B – General Agriculture (Non-Food) Farming

SEWER SYSTEM
PUB is implementing public sewers within the vicinity of the proposed sale site. These sewers will be ready to receive used water from the farm plots after December 2019. Before the completion of the sewerage system, the Successful Tenderer will be required to use holding tanks (subject to approval from PUB) to handle used water generated at the site. The holding tanks shall be constructed at the Successful Tenderer’s own cost. Upon the completion of the sewerage system, the Successful Tenderer will be required to divert the used water discharged from the Land into the public sewer. The Successful Tenderer shall bear the cost of the flow diversion including the construction of internal drain lines, sewers and other sewerage facilities necessary to effect the flow diversion. The Successful Tenderer shall also demolish all the disused sewerage facilities and holding tanks after the flow diversion.

WATER SUPPLY
Water supply pipelines are available in the vicinity of the Land. Tenderers are advised to contact PUB on water supply applications. The Successful Tenderer shall bear the cost of connection fees, including the pipes and other facilities necessary for the connection.

ELECTRICAL SUBSTATION
According to SP PowerGrid, there is 400A of power available from the existing electrical substation within the vicinity. If the farm operation requires more than 400A of power, the Successful Tenderer shall construct their own 22kV/LV ESS as part of their farm development within their land parcel. The Successful Tenderer shall bear the cost of connection fees, including the cables and other facilities necessary for the connection.

GAS
There are no existing gas mains in the vicinity of the proposed subject sites.

Q62.Can seawater be drawn to be used in the farm?

The sites do not have direct access to seawater. Tenderers are advised to consult the relevant authorities such as PUB with regards to matters regarding water supply.

Q63.We notice that there are structures on Land Parcels LCK 114C and LCK 114D. Will the structures remain for the Successful Tenderers’ use?

These structures will be demolished. The Land Parcels will be turfed with grass for hand over to the Successful Tenderers.

Q64.Am I allowed to farm other produce on the Land Parcels meant for General Agriculture (Food) or General Agriculture (Non-Food) Farming?

No. The allowable activities for the farm plots are restricted to those specified in Appendix A of the Conditions of Tender.

Q65.Are there any restricted activities on certain Land Parcels for sale?

For ST35A – General Agriculture (Food) Farming

As the Land Parcel is within the Water Catchment Area, the slaughtering, preparing and preserving of meat is not permitted, as per Negative List of Industries, as drafted by NEA, PUB, JTC and EDB in 2002 and approved at Master Planning Committee (MPC). Cattle/Goat Farming is also NOT allowed at ST35A.

For LCK 114C/ LCK 114D – General Agriculture (Food) Farming

Any proposed slaughtering/processing facility on-site will have to comply with the requirements of other agencies (such as PUB, NEA, URA, SLA and NParks). For more information on these environmental and pollution control requirements, Tenderers are advised to refer to these agencies requirements specified under the Conditions and Requirements of Relevant Authorities/Public Utility Licensees (For Tenderers’ information only.

Q66.Can we use the Land Parcels for the production of goat meat or beef? [Updated - 25/7/18]

Cattle/Goat Farming for Dairy Milk is allowed on Land Parcels LCK 114C and LCK 114D. It means the rearing of dairy cattle or dairy goats for the production of dairy milk intended for human consumption.

The production of goat meat or beef is not an allowable farming activity.

Q67.Can we use the Land Parcels for the farming of Leafy Vegetables? [Updated - 25/7/18]

Food Crop Farming is allowed on Land Parcels LCK 114C, LCK114D and ST 35A. Food Crop means any edible plant or fungi cultivated for human consumption and does not include Leafy Vegetables and beansprouts.

The farming of Leafy Vegetables is not an allowable farming activity as there are other land parcels available for this.

Q68.Can we use the Land Parcels for the farming of prawns and lobsters? [Updated - 25/7/18]

Seafood Farming is allowed on Land Parcels LCK 114C, LCK114D and ST 35A. Seafood means any of the varieties of crustaceans, aquatic molluscs and echinoderms intended for human consumption and does not include any of the varieties of marine, brackish water or fresh water fishes.

The farming of prawns and lobsters is an allowable farming activity.

Q69.Can we use the Land Parcels for the farming of salmon fish? [Updated - 25/7/18]

Seafood Farming is allowed on Land Parcels LCK 114C, LCK114D and ST 35A. Seafood means any of the varieties of crustaceans, aquatic molluscs and echinoderms intended for human consumption and does not include any of the varieties of marine, brackish water or fresh water fishes.

The farming of marine, brackish water or fresh water fishes is not an allowable farming activity as there were previous land parcels available for this.

Q70.Can frog slaughtering, frog meat processing, sorting and packing be considered as production-related purposes for General Agriculture (Food) Farming? [Updated - 25/7/18]

Frog slaughtering, frog meat processing, sorting and packing are allowable production-related purposes for Food Frog Farming for Land Parcels LCK 114C and LCK 114D. However, any proposed slaughtering/processing facility on-site will have to comply with the requirements of other agencies (e.g. PUB, NEA, URA, SLA and NParks). For more information on these environmental and pollution control requirements, Tenderers are advised to refer to the agencies requirements specified under the Conditions of Requirements of Relevant Authorities/Public Utility Licensees (for Tenderers’ information only).

Specific Requirement for ST 35A

ST 35A is located within the Kranji Water Catchment Area. For land within water catchment areas, the on-site slaughtering, preparing and preserving of meat is not permitted.

Q71.Can raw meat to cooked food processing and packaging be considered under production-related activities for General Agriculture (Food) Farming? [Updated - 25/7/18]

In general, SFA considers the further processing of primary produce from the farm as ‘production’ in nature, as long as the vast majority of the end product is the farm’s primary produce.

If the farm’s food processing and packaging activities are stretched beyond reasonable levels, the relevant authorities will consider them to be ancillary, hence subject to the Maximum Floor Area limit on the ancillary uses (refer to Appendix A of the Conditions of Tender for the Maximum Floor Area for ancillary uses for each Land Parcel). Development Charge/Differential Premium/Additional Land Premium, where payable, could be levied for these activities.

Notwithstanding, these activities do not exempt the farm from fulfilling its Potential Production Output commitment, and it will also be subjected to various licensing conditions in compliance with food safety laws (e.g. Wholesome Meat and Fish Act).

Specific Requirement for ST 35A

ST 35A is located within the Kranji Water Catchment Area. For land within water catchment areas, the on-site slaughtering, preparing and preserving of meat is not permitted.

Q72.Can we use the Land Parcels for the farming of ornamental marine corals? [Updated - 25/7/18]

Ornamental Fish Farming is allowed on Land Parcels ST 76A and ST 76B. Ornamental Fish means any of the varieties of marine, brackish water or freshwater fishes, crustacea, aquatic mollusca, turtles, marine sponges, sea cucumber, and other forms of aquatic life that is bred for the purpose of display but not for human consumption, and includes the young and eggs thereof.

The farming of ornamental marine corals can be considered under “other forms of aquatic life that is bred for the purpose of display but not for human consumption”, it is an allowable farming activity.

Q73.Can the area of the treatment ponds count towards the Production Area? [Updated - 25/7/18]

Treatment ponds built to support farming activities can be considered under allowable production-related purposes, and will be considered as Production Area.

Q74.Will the area of an office/worker’s quarter on the second storey of a two-storey building (where the first storey is used for production) count towards the allowable Maximum Floor Area for ancillary uses? [Updated - 25/7/18]

The Maximum Floor Area for ancillary uses includes both outdoor and indoor floor areas, thus the area of an office/worker’s quarter on the second storey of a two-storey building will count towards the Maximum Floor Area for ancillary uses.

Q75.After the award of tender, will SFA be able to provide assistance on the removal of underground debris or materials? [Updated - 25/7/18]

The description of soil characteristics can be found in the Technical Information Booklet available for download on website. The Successful Tenderer shall accept the Land on an “as is where is” basis and shall not require SFA to remove any encroachment, building, structure, fixture, fitting or thing present on, under or within the Land.

Q76.Are there any regulations restricting the use of fogging and fumigation (for mosquito) on farms? This may affect the production of food crops. [Updated - 8/8/18]

There isn’t any regulations restricting the use of fogging and fumigation (for mosquito) on farms. However, farmers should evaluate the impact of fogging/fumigation/pesticides on their crop and take necessary precautions e.g. protecting the crops against the fumigant, or observing the pre-harvest intervals post-fogging. SFA can issue directions to the farms for general corrective actions, movement controls or recalls to ensure food safety, as long as there is reason to suspect the existence of a hazard or source of contamination. This applies to fumigation if it affects the safety of the farm produce.

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