Going overseas to be farmers: No chickening out of starting poultry farm

Ms Lam Shu Mei at her Rwanda chicken farm, which she set up to fulfil her father's wish of focusing on social impact projects.
Ms Lam Shu Mei at her Rwanda chicken farm, which she set up to fulfil her father's wish of focusing on social impact projects.PHOTO: COURTESY OF LAM SHU MEI

Farming is a far-fetched notion in land-scarce Singapore, but that has not stopped some entrepreneurial Singaporeans from venturing overseas to pursue their agrarian dreams. Those dreams are driven by a variety of factors, from easing food security concerns to a taste for fresh produce to creating jobs for locals in their host countries. Aw Cheng Wei reports.

Whether wiring up the electricity grid or ensuring that the chickens had drinking water, no task proved too menial when Ms Lam Shu Mei set up Rwanda's first modern poultry farm in 2014.

But being hands-on was a big part of the former advertising industry employee's plan to get on top of what looked like a daunting challenge.

Please or to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM.

Enjoy unlimited access to ST's best work

  • Exclusive stories and features on multiple devices
  • In-depth analyses and opinion pieces
  • ePaper and award-winning multimedia content
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 25, 2018, with the headline 'Going overseas to be farmers No chickening out of starting poultry farm'. Print Edition | Subscribe