Food Farming

Farming in Singapore

*Please note that all existing licences issued by AVA before 1 Apr 2019 will remain valid till the stated expiry date.

Agrotechnology Parks

Agrotechnology Parks are modern agriculture estates developed with the appropriate infrastructure for farming. These parks have a total land area of 1,465 hectares. Close to 600 hectares have been allocated to over 200 farms for the production of:

  • livestock
  • eggs
  • milk
  • aquarium and food fish
  • vegetables
  • fruits
  • orchids
  • ornamental and aquatic plants
  • breeding of birds and dogs

The Agrotechnology Parks house modern farms that develop, adapt and showcase advanced technologies and techniques for:

  • intensive farming system
  • export of high value and quality products and services to other countries in the region

Agrotechnology Parks in Singapore


The 6 Agrotechnology Parks are located at:

SFA’s Shift to Agrotechnology


The need to maximise output from Singapore’s limited agricultural land led our move towards agrotechnology – the application of modern technology and life sciences to intensive farming systems.

In 1986, we started the Agrotechnology Programme which was split into 3 components:

  • development of Agrotechnology Parks to house modern intensive farms
  • development of Agrotechnology and Agri-biotechnology (knowledge of agriculture and molecular biology applied to large-scale and intensive farming)
  • promotion of investments in the Agri-industry

SFA Technical & R&D Centres


Providing technical assistance to the local farming industry, these centres help improve the quality of produce and enhance overall productivity.

The centres are:

Types of Farming Activities in Agrotechnology Parks


Land is used for various types of farming activities in an agrotechnology park.

Farming activities in Agrotechnology Parks (as of Nov 2015)
Activities No. of Farms Total Area (ha)
Fisheries
Aquarium Fish 64 139
Foodfish & Shrimps 9 34
Livestock
Poultry 3 48
Others 9 26
Horticulture
Vegetable 57 114
Orchid / Ornamentals etc. 75 247
Total 217 608

Agri-Bio Park


To develop Singapore as a centre of excellence in tropical agrotechnology services, we have developed an Agri-biotechnology cluster in the Agri-Bio Park (ABP).

Lots of 1-hectare land have been allocated on 30-year leases for agri-biotechnology activities such as:

  • research and development in fish vaccines
  • food safety and animal and plant health testing
  • post-harvest technology activities

These centres are also located within the ABP:

  • SFA Veterinary Public Health Centre
  • SFA Animal & Plant Health Centre
  • Marine Fisheries Research Department of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre

View the opens in a new windowAgri-Bio Park map.

For more information on the use of State Land, contact SLA Enquiry at:

Tel: (65) 6323 9829
Fax: (65) 6323 9937
Email: sla_enquiry@sla.gov.sg

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Horticulture

Vegetable & Foodcrop Production


Our local farms produce mainly leafy vegetables and beansprouts from soil or hydroponic cultivation. More than 80% of the leafy vegetables produced are derived from soil cultivation. Most farms cultivate their produce under protective netting to ensure high quality leafy vegetables. The leafy vegetables and beansprouts produced, amount to S$20 million in value and are wholly consumed by the domestic market.

Horticulture Farms in Singapore


Kok Fah Technology Farm

Located at Sungei Tengah Agro-technology Park, Kok Fah Technology Farm is a well-established farm that does soil cultivation of leafy vegetables under protected netting. It houses 5 farms ranging from 0.9 to 2.6 hectares with a total land area of 7.3 hectares.

The farm opened in 1992 and produces about 1400 tonnes of vegetables annually. This amounts to 14% of the local vegetables produced for the domestic market. 

Some of the varieties include:

  • bayam (Amaranthus gangeticus)
  • caixin (Brassica chinensis var. parachinensis)
  • gailan (B. alboglabra)
  • kang kong (Ipomoea aquatica)
  • xiaobaicai(B. chinensis)

To stay vertically integrated and ensure that its produce are directly marketed to supermarkets, the farm has been equipped with these facilities:

  • cold-room
  • processing and packaging facilities
  • overhead mist sprinkler system
  • agricultural automation in the daily operation

The vegetables are mainly packed and sold under the Pasar brand by a leading supermarket chain. The farm also operates a stall at Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre for direct marketing of its produce.

Oh Chin Huat Hydroponic Farms

Located within Singapore’s Nee Soon Agrotechnology Park at Bah Soon Pah Road, Oh Chin Huat Hydroponic Farms has been supplying hydroponic vegetables since 1991. It has a total land area of 2.4 hectares, with more than 200 units of modular growing houses produces over 300 kilogrammes of vegetables daily.

Types of leafy vegetables produced:

  • caixin
  • xiaobaicai
  • gailan
  • bayam
  • leaf lettuce 

Types of aromatic herbs produced:

  • basil
  • chives
  • oregano
  • thyme
  • parsley

The company's continuous research and development efforts have achieved significant results in adapting the Hydroponics Technology to better:

  • suit our tropical climate
  • improve agricultural quality and productivity
  • improve range of produce offered to the market
 
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