SINGAPORE, June 4, 2020 – Urban Farming Partners Singapore (UFPSG), a unique partnership between Singapore and the Netherlands, has been awarded funding support by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) under the Agriculture Productivity Fund (APF), enabling the urban farming initiative to take the next step towards strengthening Singapore’s food supply chain and paving the way to food security.
With Singapore’s ambition to produce enough food locally to meet 30% of the country’s nutritional needs by 2030, the Republic’s strategies towards achieving long-term food security is more urgent than ever. As a total solution provider for urban farms, integrating proven patented technologies and expert-backed worldwide operations, UFPSG’s vision is to contribute considerably to food security in Singapore, as well as Asia.
“We started our journey since 2017 when we presented our grand vision for food sustainability and food security in and around cities globally at the World City Summit in Singapore,” said Wouter Vos, director and founder of the Urban Farming Partners Holding in the Netherlands and he has since taken steps to actualize this vision together with Henk van Eijk, his fellow director. This year, UFPSG will initiate construction of a $3m state-of-the-art indoor farm in Singapore, which will be partially funded by SFA. It will be located inside the premises of HSL Waterfront @Penjuru at 42D Penjuru Road in Singapore, where all types of lettuce, baby leaves, herbs as well as other crops like spring onion and fennel will be produced in a fully-controlled indoor growing environment. This indoor urban farm is a first in Singapore that utilises Dutch technology.
“’Local for Local’ and ‘The Circular Economy’ are no longer just buzzwords. The COVID-19 pandemic makes it even more apparent that we need to restructure our critical systems globally more than ever. It is time to make a notable difference with our way of life with food,” said Grace Lim, UFPSG’s Director and project representative in Singapore.
This farm can potentially produce 33 Tonnes of healthy and fresh, ready-to-eat produce for the Singapore market. Circular processes like the harvest of rainwater and solar power are examples of sustainable proven technologies that will be included in the overall design of the urban farm.
“We are glad to see strategic collaborations between our local agri-food industry and their overseas counterparts, as this results in the transfer of innovative and productive technology to Singapore,” said Mr Melvin Chow, Senior Director of SFA’s Food Supply Resilience Division. “Harnessing technology to grow more within our constraints will need to be the new norm for our agri-food industry as we strive towards ’30 by 30’. We will continue to support farms that are keen to develop technological capabilities.”
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Urban Farming Partners Singapore (UFPSG) is a unique cooperation between Singapore and the Netherlands providing a holistic solution in the indoor farming industry integrating proven patented technologies and expert-backed worldwide operations.
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We were very honoured to represent the Urban Farming Partners in a pitch to President Halimah Yacob of Singapore and Queen Máxima of The Netherlands. Queen Máxima accompanied on the 22nd of November president Halimah Yacob and mister Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee from Singapore to the Horticultural Centre in Bleiswijk, the Netherlands. This is the research center of Wageningen Universiteit & Research (WUR). Food security and food safety was central in the presentations and is high on the agenda of the president of Singapore. Urban farming in Singapore is seen as a solution to improve the resiliency of Singapore.
Wouter Vos and Henk van Eijk, two experts of Urban Farming Partners, explored the urban farming potential in Hong Kong during a fruitful and inspiring two-day visit. A visit was brought to the Vegetable Marketing Organisation’s Controlled Environment Hydroponic Research & Development Center and the hi-tech vertical vegetable Farm66. The experts also discussed the opportunities and challenges with Annemieke Ruigrok, the Consul General of the Netherlands in Hong Kong, during a dinner. Next to exploring the opportunities of urban farming in this megacity, this fact finding mission had the aim to prepare the urban farming seminar in Hong Kong which will take place later this year.
Singapore imports 90% of its food – a sustainable solution was launched at CleanEnviro Summit Singapore.
H.E. Ms Margriet Vonno, Mr Lim Choo Leng, Mr Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mr Wouter Vos during the signing ceremony (Photo: Thomas Choong)
Infrastructure construction company HSL and Dutch consortium Urban Farming Partners formally marked their partnership at the Singapore International Water Week, the World City Summit and the CleanEnviro Summit in Singapore. The two partners will develop an urban farm in Singapore. This farm will be located inside the premises of HSL at the waterfront at Penjuru Road, opposite Jurong Island. Urban Farming Partners is a consortium with expertise in various aspects of indoor growing concepts, from growing and logistics to marketing and urban planning. The aim of the cooperation is to produce vegetables for the local market in a sustainable manner.
About 10% of the food that is consumed in Singapore is produced locally. The Singapore Agri-food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) supports and encourages initiatives that contribute to a higher level of self-sufficiency in greens. With the industry of indoor farming still in its infancy, Urban Farming Partners chooses to engineer the farm backwards, starting with the demand and making sure the technologies applied are in line with local consumer trends. Moreover, solutions from the circular economy concepts will be applied, such as the use of solar energy, rain water and by-products of neighbouring companies, like CO2 and residual cooling.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by the chairman of the Centre for Liveable Cities, Mr Khoo Teng Chye, Mr Ahmed Aboutaleb, mayor of the city of Rotterdam, and H.E. Ms Margriet Vonno, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.