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Urban farming in Singapore has moved into a new, high-tech phase

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Associate professor Lee Kim Seng (front) and the students behind the project (from left) – Mr Lim Zi Xiang, 35, Mr Kibria Shah, 31, and Ms Boo Jia Yan, 23. Photo: Dios Vincoy Jr For The Straits Times

Three urban farms stand out for their ingenuity.

By Natasha Ann Zachariah
Straits Times
June 3, 2017

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The first is by a group of engineering students who have combined two aquaponics methods to get a larger harvest with more variety.

The second is by a businessman who used to sell raw materials for pesticides. He has invented a “growing tower” that does away with chemicals.

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June 9, 2017   Comments Off on Urban farming in Singapore has moved into a new, high-tech phase

Indonesia: Jakartans to see more urban farming

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A man waters plants in a vertical garden in Cikini, Central Jakarta. The city administration plans to build 75 more such gardens, in addition to the existing 150. (Courtesy of Jakarta Fisheries, Agriculture and Food Security Agency/-)

The Jakarta administration plans to introduce “green aisle” program in 75 areas to grow vegetables, medicinal plants and potted fruit plants this year

Agnes Anya
The Jakarta Post
May 23, 2017

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Jakartans will have a greener city soon as the city administration is promoting urban farming in the capital.

The Jakarta administration plans to introduce “green aisle” program in 75 areas to grow vegetables, medicinal plants and potted fruit plants this year, aiming at not only beautifying the city but also to ensure food security.

“We want residents to know that farming is easy. In the future, we hope that they can produce vegetables for their own families,” Fisheries, Agriculture and Food Security Agency agriculture division head Diah Meidiantie said.

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May 31, 2017   Comments Off on Indonesia: Jakartans to see more urban farming

Taiwan: Three ways you can be a farmer right in Taipei

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Mountain boars and wild monkeys are frequent visitors and can be seen sharing a field with farmers from the big city.

The China Post
May 23, 2017

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Located in Shilin District, Zhi Shan Ming Zhe Farm is a quiet hideout with a view of Taipei 101.

Part of the farm is open to the denizens of Taipei, who can rent a rice paddy, harvest it in August, and then dry and husk their own rice.

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May 30, 2017   Comments Off on Taiwan: Three ways you can be a farmer right in Taipei

Singapore: 11,000 Square Foot Urban Farm atop Hotel Roof

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Click on image for larger file. Many of the ingredients used in the hotel’s kitchen are grown on site in the hotel’s roof-top farm. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

Cheong, 40, the hotel’s executive chef, says: “The farm yields different produce every week. Because I never know what I’m going to get, I come up with new dishes all the time.”

By Bryna Singh
The Straight Times
May 22, 2017

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The ti plant is native to the state of Hawaii in the United States and is growing at the farm because the hotel’s chairman, Dr Richard Helfer – who lived for six years in Hawaii and owns a property there – brought the seeds to Singapore.

He is the man behind the hotel’s urban farm and he prides himself as being its chief gardener.

The American hotelier, 67, says the farm is part of the hotel’s intent to create a “total lifestyle environment” for its guests.

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May 27, 2017   Comments Off on Singapore: 11,000 Square Foot Urban Farm atop Hotel Roof

Taiwan: Taipei holds policy presentation marking World Urban Farmers Day

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Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je launched the garden city policy in 2015.

By Liu Chien-pang and Evelyn Kao
Focus Taiwan
May 21, 2017

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Taipei, May 21 (CNA) Taipei held an event Sunday to present the results of the city’s implementation of a garden city policy and mark World Urban Farmers Day on May 22.

At the presentation, Deputy Mayor Lin Chin-rong said that since the policy was launched in 2015, 402 community gardens and city farms have been opened for adoption by ward chiefs, schools, enterprises and volunteers.

The city’s next step is to promote organic farming, according to Lin.

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May 27, 2017   Comments Off on Taiwan: Taipei holds policy presentation marking World Urban Farmers Day

Nepal: Fertile lands turning into concrete jungle

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A view of Kathmandu Valley from Kirtipur.

Most of the urban growth in Nepal is happening at the expense of fertile farmlands and cities are using peripheral land in a wasteful manner due to the lack of clear policies on the preservation of farmlands

Himalayan News Service
May 21, 2017

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In Nepal, urban agriculture has gained attention as a legitimate urban issue only in recent years.

“So far, the tendency among urban policymakers had been to view agriculture as a sector non-compatible to urban development. There has been renewed interest in integrating the issue of food security into urban development process,” it said.

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May 25, 2017   Comments Off on Nepal: Fertile lands turning into concrete jungle

Malaysia: Urban farm flourishes in Shah Alam

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There are more than 30 types of plants, vegetables and fruits grown in the Section 20 community farm.

The 0.14ha garden is one of the 10 community farms registered with Shah Alam City Council

By Priya Menon
The Star Online
May 19, 2017

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Farm chairman Ramli Mohd Salleh said all of them were urbanites with little or no knowledge about growing plants but they educated themselves.

The fruits of their labour can be clearly seen in the plots of vegetables that have been divided for personal consumption and commercial sale.

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May 24, 2017   Comments Off on Malaysia: Urban farm flourishes in Shah Alam

How tech-enabled urban farms can work for Singapore

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Comcrop – Singapore. A 6,000-square-foot urban farm on a downtown rooftop. Click on image for larger file.

How would an urban farm here commercialise and scale up?

By Paul Teng & Christopher Vas
The Newspaper
May 13, 2017

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Consumer data collected by researchers at Murdoch Singapore from markets such as Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia showed that consumption of high-value leafy and non-leafy vegetables and fruits by these urban populations is on the rise and likely to grow by over 20 per cent in the future.

Plus, some of these markets were found to be not price sensitive. Instead, they are more focused on getting nutritious, safe and certified products.

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May 22, 2017   Comments Off on How tech-enabled urban farms can work for Singapore

Philippines: Baguio launches backyard gardening contest, urges residents to help produce food

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Self-taught agriculturist Danny Agliam is being invited to be a resource speaker in several trainings to share his knowledge on urban agriculture, which he has been practicing for several years now in his rooftop garden at P. Zamora Street in Baguio City. Photo Harley Palangchao.

The councilor said the search also aims to encourage residents to produce medicinal plants which in the long run will help preserve the biodiversity of traditional plant varieties.

By Liza Agoot
Philippines News Online
10/05/2017

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Councilor Leandro Yangot Jr., chairman of the committee on trade, commerce and agriculture at the city council who spearheads the search, said “the main objective of this program is the establishment of urban gardens or backyard farms in the city to promote organic food production particularly among the marginalized sector of the population in order to achieve a degree of food security and diversity.”

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May 19, 2017   Comments Off on Philippines: Baguio launches backyard gardening contest, urges residents to help produce food

A Inside View of Hong Kong’s Hidden Rooftop Farms

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Born out of a fear of contaminated foods, the city’s budding interest in high-altitude gardening may help heal an increasingly fractured – and ageing – society.

By David Robson
BBC
17 May 2017
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A butterfly perching on a lettuce leaf is not normally a cause for marvel. But I am standing on the roof the Bank of America Tower, a 39-floor building in the heart of Hong Kong’s busiest district, to see one of its highest farms. The butterfly must have flown across miles of tower blocks to reach this small oasis amidst the concrete desert.

“You just plant it out and nature comes and enjoys it,” says Andrew Tsui. We are joined by Michelle Hong and Pol Fabrega, who together lead Rooftop Republic, a social enterprise that aims to turn the city’s dizzying skyline green.

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May 18, 2017   Comments Off on A Inside View of Hong Kong’s Hidden Rooftop Farms

Young Dairy Farmers from Rajasthan’s Kota City sell Cow Dung Cakes online on Amazon

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“People basically want it for religious purposes in these cities,” Singh added.

NewsGram Desk
May 8, 2017

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The product is packaged in such a way that the cakes don’t break.

For starters, the dung, which is a semi-liquid mixture, is first dried. It is then put into a circular die which goes through a heat-shrinking process. The finished product is then packed in cardboard boxes and dispatched.

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May 14, 2017   Comments Off on Young Dairy Farmers from Rajasthan’s Kota City sell Cow Dung Cakes online on Amazon

Malaysia: ‘Feed Our Loved Ones’ to revolutionize urban farming

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FOLO Farms began converting the food waste into compost to grow organic vegetables

By Billy Toh
The Edge Markets
May 08, 2017
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“We have been recovering food waste and farming for two years now. We are slowly but surely proving that it is possible to grow our own healthy food for our loved ones, families and friends (80 families now, in fact), powered by food waste that we recover from the city. We see an opportunity to go from an urban farm to inspiring an urban farm movement — we want to work with farmers, developers, the public sector, waste management companies, schools and so on to bring this to every Taman, every city in Malaysia,” Chua says.

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May 14, 2017   Comments Off on Malaysia: ‘Feed Our Loved Ones’ to revolutionize urban farming

Rooftop Farms in Singapore

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Mr Choe and Ms Khor at the rooftop of their office building. Mr Choe says: “The organic rooftop urban farm aims to show how skyrise greenery can not only look attractive and be an enjoyable space, but it can be productive too. Photo: Yen Meng Jiin

A highlight of the farm is the aquaponics system, which consists of the tilapia fish pond and a sloped planter bed.

By Tay Suan Chiang
Business Times
May 5, 2017

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Architectural designer Jonathan Choe says: “The organic rooftop urban farm aims to show how skyrise greenery can not only look attractive and be an enjoyable space, but it can be productive too.”

Mr Choe heads the firm’s farming club and he and his colleagues spend Friday afternoons tending to their urban farm.

Over 100 species of edible plants thrive on the rooftop farm, including herbs such as mint and dill, and vegetables such as water chestnut, sweet potato, bitter gourd, and fruits such as passionfruit, bananas, grapes and even strawberries.

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May 10, 2017   Comments Off on Rooftop Farms in Singapore

Korean Company Installs A Rooftop Urban Farm In The Center Of Seoul

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Embracing biodiversity as one of the company’s environmental concern

Bolloré Logistics Korea
April 12th, 2017
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Excerpt:

Bolloré Logistics Korea recently installed an urban farm on its office rooftop building in Seoul, South Korea, as part of the Group’s initiative to promoting “Green Projects” and protecting biodiversity.

Urban farming is a practice of growing your own food in the city, with limited space. Bolloré Logistics Korea has transformed the available rooftop space of its 6-floor office building into an urban farm, optimizing current available space resources. This urban farm is split into four parcels and covers a total space of 264 sqm.

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April 19, 2017   Comments Off on Korean Company Installs A Rooftop Urban Farm In The Center Of Seoul

Speaker promotes urban agriculture at Philippines’ 2017 Science Awards Ceremonies

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Gardening in schools is the most viable approach to urban agriculture to produce larger quantities of crops since many schools (at least in Metro Manila) still have a lots of green spaces

By Dr. William Dar
The Manila Times
Apr 7, 2017

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So far, urban agriculture has yet to take root, literally, in many urban areas in the Philippines – just look at the many vacant spaces in Metro Manila and elsewhere where urban agriculture is very feasible. The empty rooftops of many high-rise or even low-rise buildings can also be utilized for urban agriculture.

Urban agriculture is not only limited to growing crops, primarily vegetables: it also includes the growing of trees, and raising of animals and fish. It could also be integrated into the urban economic and ecological system of an urban area.

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April 16, 2017   Comments Off on Speaker promotes urban agriculture at Philippines’ 2017 Science Awards Ceremonies