A farmer's life It's difficult for Singapore to produce more of its own food if farmers face so many obstacles

Singapore has about 180 farms producing fish, vegetables and eggs. Others sell mainly ornamental flowers or fish. The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) wants to get local production levels to 30 per cent of overall consumption for eggs, 15 per cent for fish and 10 per cent for leafy vegetables. The rest would be imported. Currently, egg production stands at 23 per cent, 7 per cent for fish and 7 per cent for leafy veggies. To help farms, the AVA set up a $5-million Food Fund in 2009 to help farmers to improve their technology and upgrade production capability. The fund was doubled to $10 million last year. Of that, $6 million has been awarded to 15 projects, which were chosen based on their financial position, proposal and track record. AVA launched in August this year a second tranche of $10 million under its Food Fund programme. However, expiring land leases are a s...

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