SINGAPORE: Seven more sites on the roofs of the Housing Board’s (HDB) multi-storey parking lots were launched by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) on Tuesday (February 23) for rental through public tender.
“The sites will be used to grow vegetables and other food crops, as well as other related purposes, such as packaging / storage of produce,” SFA and HDB said in a joint press release.
This follows the launch of the first tender for HDB multi-storey parking roof sites last year, with the SFA having awarded nine sites for urban agriculture in September 2020.
A single 2,096 m² site in Jurong West is one of the seven proposed sites, offering “opportunities to test innovative ideas”.
The remaining six sites are proposed as clusters at Bukit Panjang, Sembawang and Woodlands, with each cluster consisting of two sites. These cluster sites “will allow farms to save money through large-scale production,” said HDB and SFA.
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Bidders must submit their proposals through the government e-procurement portal GeBiz by 4 p.m. on March 23.
“Proposals will be evaluated based on their bid price, production, site design and layout, and business / marketing plan,” SFA and HDB said.
The agencies added that using more space in Singapore for commercial agriculture, including alternative spaces such as the roofs of HDB multi-storey parking lots, is one of the strategies SFA has undertaken to achieve l Singapore’s “30 by 30” target, which is to produce 30 percent of its nutritional needs locally by 2030.
The move is also part of HDB’s Green Towns program to step up the greening of HDB estates, the agencies added.
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SFA’s Food Supply Resilience Division Senior Director, Melvin Chow, said: “We are encouraged by the continued interest of the local food industry and the public in urban agriculture in community spaces. . “
Mr Chow added that in addition to contributing to Singapore’s food security, the rooftop farms help “raise awareness and support local products.”
“It’s great to see the locals enjoying fresh produce straight from these farms and conveniently found in nearby supermarkets,” he said.
“As we strive to meet our ’30 by 30′ goal, we hope consumers will continue to show their appreciation for our local farms by choosing to buy local produce and by encouraging those around them to do the same. .
“This will help inspire our local farms to become more productive to meet increased demand and create an environment conducive to the prosperity of our local agri-food industry.