Will Singaporeans start choosing local produce?

Even as the nation of Singapore aims to produce more of its own food, its growers are doubtful whether there is sufficient demand for locally grown crops. Singapore is currently importing 90 per cent of its food. With limited farmland, high labor costs and energy prices soaring, local vegetables cost more to grow and tend to be priced about 30 per cent higher than imported greens. So the question is, with farms scaling up and increasing production; are consumers ready to buy local?

Many farmers do not think that local vegetables will be able to match the prices of imported vegetables, even if production goes up. Rather, building the capacity to grow vegetables here is an investment for the long term, as the global food supply becomes more precarious due to climate change.

Source: channelnewsasia.com

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