Horiculture in Singapore
In land-scarce Singapore, it is not possible to allocate much land for farming. However, with the advent of vertical farming and hydroponics, local food production is now more feasible. In addition, the Covid-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of strengthening the nation’s supply chain resilience and food security. Hence, the local government has opted to ramp up support for local farms.
Artisan Green, founded in 2018, is one such farm. They specialise in a spinach variety that is naturally grown in temperate climates. Currently, their farm is around 200 m2 in size and has 120 levels for their crops. They are able to produce over 100kg of spinach per week. Since soil is not required, Artisan Green can recycle the nutrient-rich water, enabling them to use only 5% of the usual water amount. In such optimised growth conditions, the spinach matures in 60% of the usual time.