More HDB blocks in Tampines could get neighborhood gardens, farms to action up food production functionality

SINGAPORE – Additional Housing Board blocks in Tampines could have neighborhood gardens and vertical farms as the city operates towards scaling up its farming and foodstuff creation functionality.

An ecosystem to assist these farms distribute the harvests commercially and at a lessen price to residents could also be explored, claimed Minister for Social and Loved ones Enhancement Masagos Zulkifli at the launch of Tampines Goes Farming initiative at Our Tampines Hub on Saturday (April 30).

“(These farms) will acquire up spaces that are not in use at this place so the true estate is cheaper. At the same time, the require for distribution is also eliminated as they are suitable exactly where they need to have to be (dispersed),” explained Mr Masagos.

“So this notion of farm to fork will be something that we can actually practise in Tampines,” he added.

The Tampines Goes Farming initiative is portion of Tampines’ five-12 months masterplan to change the town into an eco-town with inexperienced and sustainable amenities and programmes by 2025.

It is also a press together with the nation’s 30 by 30 target to sustainably create 30 per cent of its dietary desires locally by 2030.

The start was also attended by Tampines MPs Koh Poh Koon, Desmond Choo and Baey Yam Keng.

Mr Masagos explained that though urban farming on a community scale may not address the international food stuff disaster owing to the Russian-Ukraine conflict, it could relieve some agony factors.

“The foodstuff chain (disruption) today for the reason that of the crisis is a massive trouble and it is really quite challenging to try out to deal with it with a regional answer. But at the really least, we can mitigate some of the pains that are imposed by the disaster,” he additional.

There is also a have to have to scale up foods output in a sustainable way, added Mr Masagos.

“We do have the technological know-how to make confident that 1, we really don’t use a whole lot of vitality in the process two, we really don’t create waste that desires to be disposed of but can be recycled into the method and three we use the most successful amount of money of water to expand our meals,” he explained.

In Tampines, there are all-around 35 group gardens managed by the city council and operate by inhabitants, with extra in the pipeline.

Farming initiatives in the town contain a pilot hydroponics programme, rooftop gardens and vertical gardens.

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