08 Oct '15, 9am

Singapore needs to diversify food sources, raise local food production: Desmond Lee

SINGAPORE: The Republic must diversify its food sources and raise local food production, "to buffer against the uncertainty of overseas sources" where it imports most of its food from, said Senior Minister of State for National Development and Home Affairs Desmond Lee. Speaking at the inaugural Institution of Aquaculture Singapore Conference on Thursday (Oct 8), Mr Lee said: "For example, every now and then, Malaysia, which provides around a quarter of our fish supply, bans the export of certain fish for various reasons. So it is always good to have at least some level of self-sufficiency in certain food items." There are plans to raise the number of locally produced fish from 8 per cent to 15 per cent. To do so, Mr Lee said the aquaculture industry needs to leverage in innovation and technology to boost productivity in fish farms. By doing so, farmers and their produce ca...

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