Creative solutions key to growing agri-food sector

From robot bees to AI-powered farms, firms are betting on the greenfield agri-food innovation sector in Asia. Sunday Times journalist Tee Zhuo looks at the challenges and speaks to six players.

Strawberries growing in Sustenir Agriculture’s R&D laboratory at one-north business park.
Strawberries growing in Sustenir Agriculture’s R&D laboratory at one-north business park.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Agriculture may be older than civilisation itself, but it is still largely an alien concept to Singaporeans.

However, it may be precisely because only 1 per cent of the island's 720 sq km is given over to growing food, and because 90 per cent of what it eats has to be imported, that Singapore has the ambition to become what Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat last month called "an agri-food node for Asia and the world".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 08, 2019, with the headline 'Creative solutions key to growing agri-food sector'. Print Edition | Subscribe