Vegetable & Foodcrop Production
Our local farms produce mainly leafy vegetables and beansprouts from soil or hydroponic cultivation. More than 80% of the leafy vegetables produced are derived from soil cultivation. Most farms cultivate their produce under protective netting to ensure high quality leafy vegetables. The leafy vegetables and beansprouts produced, amount to S$20 million in value and are wholly consumed by the domestic market.
Singapore is a major exporter of cut orchids. Our orchids are renowned for their exquisite quality and longer vase-life. Around 80 farms in Singapore that cultivate orchids, ornamental plants and aquatic plants in the Agrotechnology Parks export their products worth over $50 million to more than 30 international countries such as Japan, Australia, USA, Greece and Canada.
Orchid Business Cluster
To strengthen our floriculture industry and position as an exporter of premium quality tropical orchids, AVA facilitated the formation of the Orchid Business Cluster in 2003.
The Cluster comprises representatives from various floriculture associations, growers, exporters, as well as representatives from government bodies such as International Enterprise (IE) Singapore and AVA.
It aims to :
- Identify and address the challenges faced by the Singapore Orchid Industry;
- Enhance the marketing and promotion of Singapore orchids worldwide;
- Explore opportunities for overseas investments and expansion of production bases in the region; and
- Harness the resources of the orchid industry to develop new products
Horticulture Farms in Singapore
Kok Fah Technology Farm
Located at Sungei Tengah Agro-technology Park, Kok Fah Technology Farm is a well-established farm that does soil cultivation of leafy vegetables under protected netting. It houses 5 farms ranging from 0.9 to 2.6 hectares with a total land area of 7.3 hectares.
The farm opened in 1992 and produces about 1400 tonnes of vegetables annually. This amounts to 14% of the local vegetables produced for the domestic market.
Some of the varieties include:
- bayam (Amaranthus gangeticus)
- caixin (Brassica chinensis var. parachinensis)
- gailan (B. alboglabra)
- kang kong (Ipomoea aquatica)
- xiaobaicai(B. chinensis)
To stay vertically integrated and ensure that its produce are directly marketed to supermarkets, the farm has been equipped with these facilities:
- processing and packaging facilities
- overhead mist sprinkler system
- agricultural automation in the daily operation
The vegetables are mainly packed and sold under the Pasar brand by a leading supermarket chain. The farm also operates a stall at Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre for direct marketing of its produce.
Oh Chin Huat Hydroponic Farms
Located within Singapore’s Nee Soon Agrotechnology Park at Bah Soon Pah Road, Oh Chin Huat Hydroponic Farms has been supplying hydroponic vegetables since 1991. It has a total land area of 2.4 hectares, with more than 200 units of modular growing houses produces over 300 kilogrammes of vegetables daily.
Types of leafy vegetables produced:
- leaf lettuce
Types of aromatic herbs produced:
The company's continuous research and development efforts have achieved significant results in adapting the Hydroponics Technology to better:
- suit our tropical climate
- improve agricultural quality and productivity
- improve range of produce offered to the market
Located in Sungei Tengah Agrotechnology Park, Toh Orchids is one of the leading cultivators and exporters of over 30 varieties of cut-orchids in Singapore. The company has expanded to another 2 farms totalling 9.8 hectares, with one farm specializing in orchid production and the other in ornamental plant production.
The farm also has a well-established marketing and distribution network that enables them to deliver fresh-cut orchids overseas within 24 hours.
Quality of produce
The quality of the orchids is ensured through stringent selection of new hybrids and micro-propagation in the farm's specialised tissue culture laboratory. Toh Orchid is ISO 9001 certified and is also accredited by AVA under the Assurance Certification Scheme (ACS). The farm has also participated in international flower shows and trade exhibitions and has won many awards.
Cut flower production and handling are carried out using the latest technology. The staff are trained to select, grade and pack the cut flowers for optimum shelf life.