Singapore's high-tech farms: Sowing the seeds of a farming nation

From being an agrarian society and an island blanketed in farms in the 1960s, Singapore is now exploring modern options to farm efficiently.
From being an agrarian society and an island blanketed in farms in the 1960s, Singapore is now exploring modern options to farm efficiently. PHOTOS: GAVIN FOO, SENG CHOON FARM, ALPHONSUS CHERN, MARK CHEONG

Farming has come full circle in Singapore. From being an agrarian society and an island blanketed in farms in the 1960s, Singapore is now exploring modern options to farm efficiently. One of these is 'growing vertically', to maximise the country's land use, while bringing farming indoors to protect crops against the ravages of climate change.

In the 1960s, Singapore was an agrarian society, with farmlands blanketing the north, west and east. The country was self-sufficient in eggs, poultry meat and pork.

Despite Singapore's urbanisation in the decades since, one of the children brought up on a farm back then is still a farmer today.

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