First commercial vertical farm opens in Singapore
Singapore now has its first commercial vertical farm, which means more local options for vegetables.
The technique uses aluminium towers that are as tall as nine metres, and vegetables are grown in troughs at multiple levels.
This means better use of space -- an advantage for land-scarce Singapore.
Sky Greens first started working on the prototype in 2009, and it has now opened a 3.65-hectare farm in Lim Chu Kang.
It produces three types of vegetables which are currently available only at Fairprice Finest stores.
Senior Minister of State for National Development, and Trade and Industry, Lee Yi Shyan says it's all about meeting demand.
There are also plans to ramp up the supply.
The farm currently has 120 vertical towers, and hopes to increase the number to 300 by next year.
This will increase its current daily supply of vegetables from half a tonne, to two tonnes by 2013.
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