29 Jan '11, 6am

Vertical farm produces 5 times more vegetables: ST PHOTO: RAJ NADARAJAN THERE is now a new way to farm vegetable...

Vertical farm produces 5 times more vegetables: ST PHOTO: RAJ NADARAJAN THERE is now a new way to farm vegetable...

D.J. Engineering's Mr Arumugam, 37, and other workers harvesting Chinese cabbage from the 6m-tall structure which has tiers of planting troughs. -- ST PHOTO: RAJ NADARAJAN THERE is now a new way to farm vegetables in land-scarce Singapore: farm skywards. A private engineering company, D.J. Engineering, has teamed up with the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) to come up with a device that can grow at least five times as many vegetables as conventional farming methods are able to given the same land area. The device is 6m tall with tiers of planting troughs which rotate around an aluminium frame to provide the plants with uniform sunlight. A water-pulley system, using rainwater collected in overhead reservoirs, rotates the troughs. Harvests - of leafy vegetables like xiao bai cai and bayam - have already been made at a prototype 1,000 sq m vertical farm set up a year ...

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