Singapore ramps up rooftop farming plans as Covid-19 upends supply chains

n response to the outbreak, authorities aim to speed up local production over the next six months to two years.
Singapore on Wednesday announced new measures to boost local food production, including a plan to turn car park rooftops in public housing estates into urban farms, as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts global supply chains. As part of that project, the Singapore food agency will launch a tender for rooftop farms on public housing car parks for urban farming starting next month, authorities said.

The densely populated city-state produces only about 10% of its food requirement but has plans to increase that as climate change and population growth threaten global food supplies.

Around the world, restrictions on population movement because of the coronavirus outbreak are wreaking havoc on farming and food supply chains and raising concern of widespread shortages and price increases.

"The current Covid-19 situation underscores the importance of local food production, as part of Singapore's strategies to ensure food security," authorities said in a statement. "Local food production mitigates our reliance on imports, and provides buffer in the event of food supply disruptions."

Authorities have repeatedly assured locals that the city-state has sufficient food supplies, amid bouts of panic buying that have gripped the island during the outbreak

In response to the outbreak, authorities aim to speed up local production over the next six months to two years.

This includes providing a S$30 million ($21 million) grant to support production of eggs, leafy vegetables, and fish in the shortest time possible, and identifying alternative farming spaces, such as industrial areas and vacant sites.



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