Singapore, a City of Skyscrapers and Little Land, Turns to Farming

Singapore, a City of Skyscrapers and Little Land, Turns to Farming

More than 90% of Singapore's food comes from abroad. This presents a significant food security risk, revealed by the recent coronavirus-related border closures. Local farms such as Commonwealth Greens, an indoor farm launched in October 2020, are stepping up to mitigate this.

"Sven Yeo, the co-founder of Archisen Pte. Ltd., the company that manages the farm, says it can produce up to 100 tons of produce a year." This indoor farm utilises vertical columns to grow leafy greens such as lettuce, kale, and chard, forming what resemble walls of lettuce.

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New smart urban farm takes root

New smart urban farm takes root

Commonwealth Greens, an urban farm managed by Archisen, was officially launched on 22 October 2020, visited by Grace Fu - Minister for Sustainability and the Environment. This farm aims to produce high-yield greens without sacrificing any flavour by leveraging Internet of Things technology.

Archisen's Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer Sven Yeo said Commonwealth Greens is one of the highest-yielding indoor farms in Singapore and that it will support and contribute to the country's goal to self-produce 30 per cent of its nutritional needs by 2030.

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Growing more food with less: R&D partnerships give S’pore firms a leg-up

Growing more food with less: R&D partnerships give S’pore firms a leg-up

“But the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of our dependence on food imports. On top of that, panic buying behaviour exacerbated the situation.”

Archisen partnered with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) to explore new ways of growing food within the country's urban landscape. These collaborations are instrumental in helping Singapore achieve its "30 by 30" goal, with the aim of producing 30 percent of the country's nutritional needs locally by 2030.

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Singapore looks to the skies—for fields

Singapore looks to the skies — for fields

“Every room is its own climate,” says Sven Yeo of Archisen, an indoor farm that tinkers with temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, light, water and nutrients to produce tastier lettuce, sorrel and chard. In land-scarce Singapore, less than 1% of our 720 square-kilometre of space is available for agricultural production. Archisen has set up indoor vertical farms that stack plants upwards regulated by controlled-environment agriculture. With complete control of the climate, we are able to produce fresher, more nutritious and tastier vegetables.

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High tech farming means high collaboration — here's why

High tech farming means high collaboration — here's why

Archisen believes in a future built on high-tech farming that enables farmers to bring food closer to the table - by growing food in indoor office buildings. As a solution provider for farming engineering and science, Archisen’s mission and vision aligns with the new Agri-Food Innovation Park (AFIP) coming up in Sungei Kadut, which will be transformed into an eco-district for budding agri-tech companies to share resources and collaborate on research and development to innovate new ways to produce food.

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Wanted: High-tech farmers of the future

Wanted: High-tech farmers of the future

Food security is key to ensuring Singapore’s self-sufficiency. The government has set up the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) and launched an open grant call for the “30x30 Express” to encourage more industry players to pick up the mantle in ramping up local food production. This will help increase the momentum in achieving Singapore’s goal of producing 30 percent of our food by 2030. At Archisen, we employ IoT, data analytics and engineering to modernise farming operations, creating high tech farms with optimised farm yields to enhance the local production of fresh vegetables.

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