27 Jan '11, 10pm

Farming for young blood

SINGAPORE - They have big dreams for Singapore's agriculture and have even unveiled a 10-year plan to increase land productivity, food security and promote tourism in the north-western part of Singapore. However, all their efforts could come to naught if the 28 farmers from the Kranji Countryside Association (KCA) cannot draw young people to the farming industry. After all, farming is hard work. "You have to get up early in the morning and work doesn't stop - even in a storm - especially in the case of fish farming," said Metropolitan Fishery Group chief executive Malcolm Ong, 48. Young Singaporeans who become farmers do so because they want to continue their family business and have a "passion" for farming but their numbers are low. The industry has also "never tried attracting young people", Mr Ong pointed out. This is set to change with more educational tours to farms i...

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