News: 7 urban farming sites at HDB car park rooftops launched for tender

Feb 24, 2021

The sites are located in Jurong West, Bukit Panjang, Sembawang and Woodlands, revealed SFA and HDB in a joint release.

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) on Tuesday (23 February) launched seven urban farming sites at the rooftops of Housing and Development Board (HDB) multi-storey carparks for rental by public tender.

The sites are located in Jurong West, Bukit Panjang, Sembawang and Woodlands, revealed SFA and HDB in a joint release.

The agencies noted that the sites will be used “to farm vegetables and other food crops, as well as for other related purposes, such as the packing/storage of produce”.

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This follows last year’s launch of the first tender for HDB multi-storey car park rooftop sites, with nine sites awarded by SFA for urban farming in September 2020.

And much like the first tender, the sites are also tendered out either as single sites, which can be used to testbed innovative ideas, or as cluster sites, allowing farms to derive savings via production at scale.

The site at Jurong West is being offered as a single site, while the rest are offered as cluster sites.

Tenderers for the sites must submit their proposals via GeBiz by 23 March.

“Proposals will be assessed on their bid price, production output, design and site layout, as well as business/marketing plan,” said SFA and HDB.

“Availing more spaces in land-constrained Singapore for commercial farming, including alternative spaces like HDB MSCP rooftops, is one of the strategies SFA has been undertaking to achieve Singapore’s ‘30 by 30’ goal, which is to produce 30% of our nutritional needs locally by 2030,” they explained, adding that the move is in line with the Green Towns Programme of HDB to intensify greening within HDB estates.

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Melvin Chow, Senior Director of Food Supply Resilience Division at SFA, is heartened by the “continued interest from both the local agri-food industry and the public towards urban farming in community spaces”.

“It is great to see residents in the area enjoying fresh produce straight from such farms and found conveniently at nearby supermarkets. As we work towards our ’30 by 30’ goal, we hope that consumers will continue to show their appreciation for our local farms by choosing to buy local produce and encouraging those around them to do the same,” he said.

“This will help to spur our local farms to become more productive to meet the increased demand, and create an enabling environment for our local agri-food industry to thrive.”

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