SINGAPORE: Eighteen nurseries in Singapore have responded to an accreditation scheme under the government’s S$12 million Landscape Productivity Roadmap.
The scheme helps firms improve their work processes and up productivity.
Marking the landscape industry’s progress on Saturday, Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan—Jin gamely took on the job of those in the sector — by using rope and harness techniques to climb a tree.
The sector has been given support with a Landscape Apprenticeship Programme that aims to introduce a cohort of young entrants into the industry.
The National Parks Board has also set up a Machinery Training and Hire Facility to help firms adopt technology.
Dr Leong Chee Chiew, deputy chief executive, National Parks Board, said: "Some landscape companies have actually started to bring in their own machinery... But the use of machinery is not by any means widespread right now. Because some companies don’t feel that they are able to purchase their own machines. So by creating a hiring facility, we make the machines more accessible."
MORE SINGAPORE NEWS
Latest Photo Galleries on xinmsn
That an event like the World Cup would bring football-mad Brazilians onto the street was expected, but that it would unite tens of thousands... More That an event like the World Cup would bring football-mad Brazilians onto the street was expected, but that it would unite tens of thousands in protest has caught authorities by surprise. For the second night running Tuesday they flooded the streets of Sao Paulo waving the same green and gold flags they will surely brandish from the stands next year but also shouting themselves hoarse when confronted by authority. Duration: 01:21
Date 2 hrs ago, Duration 1:21, Views 1