Vertical farms keep popping up in Singapore

An urban farm that aims to produce high yield greens without sacrificing any flavour by leveraging Internet of Things technology was officially launched on Thursday (Oct 22).

Commonwealth Greens took root in Jurong in May. The forest-like farm consists of over 6,200 pillars, each of them 2.4m tall, that are reminiscent of foliage bursting from trees.

Positioned in six different rooms the size of HDB flats, the pillars in each room support one type of leafy green: lettuce, kale, chard or herbs. Hydroponics is used to grow the plants.

The farm can grow up to 100 tons of vegetables a year, which is close to 1 percent of vegetables grown locally.

During the launch on Thursday, Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Grace Fu visited the farm as well as Archisen, the agri-tech firm that set up and manages Commonwealth Greens.

Read more at The Straits Times (Shabana Begum)

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