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Singapore: Rooftop farm has crop of new ideas

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Comcrop CEO Allan Lim at his rooftop aquaponic farm. Mr Lim is optimistic that one day, the roofs of HDB estates and multistorey carparks could house similar urban rooftop farms. Photo: Dios Vincoy Jr For The Straits Times

He has his sights set on building a full-scale farm on a 3,500 sq metre location in Woodlands, with the aim of supplying food production centres and catering companies with leafy greens.

By Cheryl Teh
Straits Times
Aug 5, 2016

Excerpt:

Crops like basil and peppermint grow abundantly from vertical racks, and are tended to by several senior citizens and volunteers.

The crops from these racks alone provide over 150kg of produce per month – enough to garnish over 20,000 plates at a restaurant for a year.

Meanwhile, tilapia fish inhabiting large tanks on the farm’s premises provide fertiliser for the plants.

The technology utilised on the farm facilitates a self-sustaining ecosystem that does not employ any chemicals or pesticides in the farming process.

Apart from elderly workers, Comcrop also hires students with learning disabilities, giving them the opportunity to learn how to grow crops and earn some money at the same time.

Read the complete article here.