With little farming land, Singapore imports over 90% of the food consumed in the country. The food at our local markets mainly comes from overseas. In 2018, our local farms produce only a small amount of food that we eat in Singapore:
- 13% of all the vegetables
- 9% of all the fish
- 24% of all the eggs
Relying so heavily on food supplied from overseas means that we face unique challenges in ensuring a steady supply of food for the population of Singapore, especially given our great love of food.
As a nation that produces little food, Singapore must accept prices set by food producers. This means that any shifts in global food supply will affect Singapore, including increases in food prices.
Our challenges include:
|Danger of our food supply running short
||Due to outbreaks of food diseases in countries that we export our food from
|Danger of our food supply being cut off
||Due to the closing of a port in countries that we export our food from
||Caused by political changes in neighbouring countries.
To lower the chances of Singapore being hit hard by interruptions to food supply and price inflation, SFA has implemented strategies to ensure a steady, uninterrupted supply of food in Singapore.
SFA also works hard to make sure that all food sold in Singapore’s markets is safe to eat and affordable to all.