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Joint Press Release by SFA and HDB - SFA Launches Tender for the Rental of 9 HDB MSCP Rooftop Sites for Urban Farming
Update on 1 June 2020: The tender closing date has been extended to 16 June, 4pm. This is to allow for more time for tenderers to submit their proposals, following a corrigendum published on GeBiz (29 May).
The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has launched nine sites at the rooftops of Housing & Development Board (HDB) multi-storey carparks (MSCP) for rental by public tender today. The sites shall be used to farm vegetables and other food crops, as well as for other related purposes, such as the packing/storage of produce.
2 The sites will be tendered out as either (i) cluster sites, which will enable farms to derive savings through production at scale; or (ii) single sites, which provide opportunities to testbed innovative ideas (see Annex A for details).
3 Tenderers must submit their proposals via GeBiz before the tender closes at 4pm on 9 June 2020. Proposals will be assessed on their bid price, production output, design and site layout, as well as business/marketing plan. More details on the tender are available on GeBiz (www.gebiz.gov.sg) and on SFA’s website at www.sfa.gov.sg/urban-farming.
4 Availing more spaces in land-constrained Singapore for commercial farming, including alternative spaces like HDB MSCP rooftops, is one of the strategies SFA has been undertaking to achieve Singapore’s “30 by 30” goal, which is to produce 30% of our nutritional needs locally by 2030. The move is also in line with HDB’s Green Towns Programme to intensify greening in HDB estates.
5 “We are heartened by the growing interest from both the industry and the public towards urban farming in community spaces, following the launch of our pilot MSCP rooftop farm, Citiponics, in Ang Mo Kio last year,” said Mr Melvin Chow, Senior Director of SFA’s Food Supply Resilience Division. “Residents in the area have been able to enjoy fresh produce from the farm at nearby supermarkets, and can witness first-hand the hard work involved in bringing our food from farm-to-fork. We hope that consumers will continue to show their appreciation for our local farms by buying their produce.”
6 SFA will continue to work with HDB to launch more MSCP rooftop sites for urban farming by public tender in the second half of 2020. More details will be released at a later date.