More housing blocks in Tampines could get community gardens, farms to step up food production capability

More housing blocks in Tampines could have community gardens and vertical farms as Singapore works towards scaling up its farming and food production capability.

An ecosystem to help these farms distribute the harvests commercially and at a lower cost to residents may also be explored, said Minister for Social and Family Development Masagos Zulkifli at the launch of the Tampines Goes Farming initiative at Our Tampines Hub on Saturday, April 30th.

"These farms will take up spaces that are not in use at this point, so the real estate is cheaper. At the same time, the need for distribution is also eliminated as they are right where they need to be (distributed)," said Mr. Masagos.

"So this concept of farm to fork will be something that we can really practice in Tampines," he added. The Tampines Goes Farming initiative is part of Tampines' five-year master plan to transform the town into an eco-town with green and sustainable amenities and programs by 2025.

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