Nine companies have been awarded grants totalling S$39.4 million under a scheme to strengthen Singapore's food security, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said on September 9. Announced in April, the 30x30 Express grant supports efforts to boost the production of commonly consumed food items like eggs, vegetables and fish.
It is part of a goal to meet 30 per cent of Singapore's nutritional needs with food produced locally by 2030, in order to adapt to the country's long-term challenges, including climate change, disruptions to supply chains and resources, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
SFA said it received more than 40 proposals by the end of the open grant call at the end of May. The proposals by the nine selected companies "incorporated highly productive farming systems that can be constructed and implemented quickly to achieve high production levels", the agency said.
"The proposals also demonstrated good potential to successfully implement the projects based on the company’s track record, farming experience and project team," SFA added. The original S$30 million budget was increased to support these proposals.
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