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Singapore Can Make Up for Urban Agriculture & Aquaculture Technology Hub

Tooba Maher
Tooba Maher

Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry of Singapore at the Indoor Ag-Con Asia conference held at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre said, “Singapore has the right ingredients to make it the urban agriculture and aquaculture technology hub in the region and it is in a strong position to catalyze technological and business innovations as it has a climate for innovation, strong talent base and strategic location, which can transform agriculture and aquaculture in the Asia-Pacific region.” 

He further added, "In Singapore, arable land is scarce, innovating how we produce food is critical in helping us overcome our farming constraints and better contribute to our food sustainability and traceability efforts. Investments in agri-tech can also help to reduce our reliance on food imports and allow us to enjoy seasonal produce while lowering our carbon footprint." 

He also announced, to boost the agri-tech sector, the Enterprise Singapore, through its investment arm Seeds Capital, has appointed seven investment partners under Startup SG Equity, a scheme that encourages private-sector investment for start-ups. 

Seeds Capital aims to spur the growth of emerging and strategic sectors such as agri-tech, by stimulating investment in innovative local start-ups. 

Under this partnership, more than $90 million worth of investments will go into early-stage tech start-ups with food and agri-tech solutions. 

The appointed partners are AgFunder, Hatch, ID Capital, Openspace, The Yield Lab, Trendlines and VisVires New Protein. 

Through Seeds Capital, the partners will assist early-stage start-ups, like introducing new business partners and providing support to enter new markets. Seeds Capital will also provide co-funding of up to $4 million per deep tech start-up under Startup SG Equity. 

Dr Koh said, "We are building a vibrant agri-tech start-up environment to uncover more talent, anchor experts, partners, investors and accelerators into our ecosystem, and expand the pool of knowledge and resources.” 

"We are developing relevant research capabilities in areas like seed formulation and fish nutrition, advanced biotech-based protein production and food safety science. We are also establishing a high-tech physical cluster in Kranji to support operations in urban agriculture and aquaculture." 

Protenga, one of the Singapore agri-tech companies present at the conference is an insect farming company that produces animal feed. It has incorporated data sensors into its farms to help determine the right feeding frequency and amount, increasing the quality and volume of produce. 

Second company, VertiVegies, is an indoor vertical farming firm. It displayed its modular planting system that uses technology to ensure efficient plant growth, while taking up minimal space and giving Singapore the potential to achieve food security. 

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