28 Jan '11, 12pm

Vertical farming boosts production of vegetables

Vertical farming boosts production of vegetables

SINGAPORE : Singapore has successfully developed a vertical farming system prototype, which could help the land-scarce Republic maximise its production of leafy vegetables. Vertical farming is a technique of producing agricultural products at multiple levels, conserving land space in the process. A six-metre tall structure rotates at one millimetre per second, distributing sunlight to all the plants. Water powers the system and is constantly being recycled, keeping energy consumption low. The system is also affordable too. One of the frames costs about S$10,000. The prototype was developed by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority and private firm DJ Engineering. During his visit to the farm, Minister for National Development Mah Bow Tan said he is impressed with the system. Mr Mah said: "It can produce about five times the output of a normal farm, using the same area - pe...

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