• Published Date: 23 Feb 2021

    The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has launched another seven sites at the rooftops of Housing & Development (HDB) multi-storey carparks (MSCP) for rental by public tender today. The sites will be used to farm vegetables and other food crops, as well as for other related purposes, such as the packing/storage of produce. This follows the launch of the first tender for MSCP rooftop sites last year, with SFA awarding nine sites for urban farming in September 2020

    2 Similar to the first tender, the sites in this second tender 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 23 March 2021. 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 continued interest from both the local agri-food industry and the public towards urban farming in community spaces,” said Mr Melvin Chow, Senior Director of SFA’s Food Supply Resilience Division. “Besides contributing to our food security, MSCP rooftop farms help to bring the community closer to local produce, thereby raising awareness and support for local produce. It is great to see residents in the area enjoying fresh produce straight from such farms and found conveniently at nearby supermarkets. As we work towards our ’30 by 30’ goal, we hope that consumers will continue to show their appreciation for our local farms by choosing to buy local produce and encouraging those around them to do the same. This will help to spur our local farms to become more productive to meet the increased demand, and create an enabling environment for our local agri-food industry to thrive.”