About Ava

Excellence, Care, Integrity and Teamwork are core values we embrace at AVA. Coming together, we advance in step as one to achieve AVA's vision and mission.

Who We Are

Vision, Mission and Values


Safe food, healthy animals and plants for Singapore; trusted and respected globally.

  • Ensure a resilient supply of safe food;
  • Ensure the health & safeguard the welfare of animals;
  • Safeguard the health of plants;
  • Facilitate agri-trade; and
  • Nurture and inspire staff to be the best we can be!

We strive to be the best in all that we do
We seek lifelong learning and continuous innovation


We value and nurture our staff
We care for our customers,community and the environment


We serve with professionalism
We treat our customers fairly and honestly


We trust and respect each other
We work as a team and partner our stakeholders to achieve our goals

Our Commitment to Customers

We believe that quality service is a significant facet in our effort towards becoming an excellent organisation. We are committed to serving you through continuous improvement of our services.

When serving you :

We pledge to serve you with C.A.R.E. (Customer-centricity, Assurance, Responsiveness and Effectiveness)

When you write to us :

We will respond to:

  • general enquiries within 3 to 5 working days
  • complex or case specific issues within 15 working days
When you call us :

We strive to answer your call within 30 seconds.

When you visit us at the counter:
  • We display our name plate or tag.
  • We provide forms for your valuable feedback.
Striving for continual improvement

We are constantly looking for ways to serve you better. Your feedback is of great value to us as it will help us continually improve what we do. Please submit your comments online to our Quality Service Manager.

Corporate Identity

The swirl is symbolic of AVA's role in the protection of the living environment in Singapore and safeguarding the health of animals, fish and plants. Constantly evolving, the swirl adds a global perspective as AVA diversifies its food sources worldwide, while simultaneously developing Singapore into a regional hub of excellence for agrotechnology and agri-business.

AVA-logoMoving upwards to form a leaf-like symbol, the green-orange-blue graphics provide a natural link to the living environment i.e. plants-animals-fish - main components of AVA's business. In addition, the graphics reflects AVA's innovation, dynamism and professionalism as it integrates nature, health sciences and technology to achieve an excellent standard of health and food safety for Singapore.

The interactive graphics are also representative of the close partnership as AVA works with different audiences, both local and foreign, to promote the agri-biotechnology industry.

Viewed in totality, the logo encapsulates the mission of AVA in ensuring a resilient supply of safe food, safeguarding the health and welfare of animals, safeguarding the health of plants and facilitating agri-trade.

Board and Management 


Chairman Mr Lim Neo Chian

Members Mr Lim Kok Thai
Chief Executive Officer, Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority
Mr Wong Hin Sun, Eugene
Founder and Managing Director, Sirius Venture Capital Pte Ltd
Mr Dileep Nair
Independent Director, Keppel DC Reit Pte Management Ltd
RADM (Dr) Tang Kong Choong
Chief of Medical Corps, Singapore Armed Forces
Ms Chua Mui Hoong
Opinion Editor, The Straits Times, Singapore Press Holdings Limited
Mr Lau Teck Sien
Partner & Chief Investment Officer, HOPU Investments Co. Limited
Ms Harasha Binte Khalid Bafana
Director, Adam & Hawa Network
Dr Ho Kim Wai
Associate Professor, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University

Mr Jim Lim
Partner and Head of Department (Intellectual Property & Technology), KhattarWong LLP

Ms Toh Hwee Tin
Director (Woman and Family Unit), National Trades Union Congress; Executive Secretary of the Food, Drink, and Allied Workers Union; and Executive Secretary of the Attractions, Resorts and Entertainment Union

Mr Low Xin Wei
Director Strategic Planning and Research and 2nd Director HR Management Information and Systems, Public Service Division, Prime Minister’s Office

Management Team
Mr Lim Kok Thai
Chief Executive Officer, Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority
Dr Yap Him Hoo
Director-General & Deputy CEO, Regulatory Programmes & Operations
Dr Tan Lee Kim, Kim
Deputy CEO, Corporate & Technology
Dr Chew Siang Thai
Managing Director, Special Project

Corporate & Technology Mr Foo Siang Ming
Group Director, Planning & Organisational Excellence
Dr Leong Hon Keong
Group Director, Technology & Industry Development
Mr Melvin Chow
Group Director, Food Supply Resilience
Ms Melin Lim
Group Director, Corporate Resource Management
Dr Choo Li Nah
Group Director, Communications & Corporate Relations
Mrs Tan-Low Lai Kim
Group Director, Special Duties

Regulatory Programmes & Operations Dr Astrid Yeo
Group Director, Regulatory Administration
Mr Leslie Phua
Group Director, Food Establishment Regulation
Dr Chua Tze Hoong
Group Director, Quarantine & Inspection
Dr Chang Siow Foong
Group Director, Agri Establishment Regulation
Dr Paul Chiew
Group Director, Laboratories
Ms Jessica Kwok 
Group Director, Animal Management 
Mr Tan York Chor
Group Director, International Relations


Organisation Structure 

AVA consists of a multidisciplinary team committed to a work environment conducive to professional development, innovation, cross-boundary exchange and interdisciplinary co-operation so as to be a cohesive organisation that is able to achieve its mission effectively.

 Internet Org structure (1 Oct 2017)

Awards & Achievements


Awarded to:

  • Animal Health Laboratory
    Since 2005, with more than 108 tests accredited currently
  • Plant Health Laboratory
    Since 2005, with more than 22 tests accredited currently
  • Veterinary Public Health Laboratory
    Since 2000, with more than 200 tests accredited currently


for “Review of Animal Welfare Legislation in Singapore” project

for “Spawning of Pompanos in Local Waters” project

for “Vertical Farming” project

for “AVA’s efforts in the face of radiation threats from Japan” project

for Total Defence Award 2013

for Total Defence Award 2012






under the Home Team NS Award 2013
Under the Home Team NS Award 2012

received jointly with AUSBE






Two Gold Award, Three Silver Awards

Our History



During the 60s, many Singaporeans were involved in agricultural activities. There were some 20,000 farms then occupying more than 14,000 hectares of land. Most farmers and fishermen were poorly educated and they used traditional farming methods.

  • PPD helped to improve the livelihood of the farmers by providing extension services and various schemes to assist the farming industry.
  • They were educated on matters relating to agriculture, animal husbandry and fisheries.
  • Research and development in areas such as production methods, breeding techniques, nutrition and disease control, played a major role in improving agriculture and animal husbandry.
  • Farm licensing was introduced in 1968 to provide essential data on the structure of agriculture in Singapore. The information allowed the government to formulate policies and plans to further develop intensive farming to ensure optimal use of limited land resources.
  • Singapore's first Agricultural Show was held in 1965 with the aim of acquainting the urban population with activities of the farmers and fishermen.



In the 1970s, farmers were re-settled from the water catchment sites, which were affected by public projects. Larger commercial farms using more intensive methods of production replaced the subsistence type farms. An intensive pig farming estate was also developed in Punggol to house relocated pig farms. Such intensive production enabled Singapore to maintain self-sufficiency in the production of poultry (80%), eggs (100%) and pork (104%).

  • Comprehensive programmes for disease diagnosis; monitoring and control were initiated to cope with the development of larger farms and more intensive production of animals and plants. Laboratory techniques were constantly upgraded.
  • PPD's research and development work geared towards intensive production of selected primary produce to optimise land and manpower resources. Research findings were imparted to farmers.
  • The Jurong Fishing Port was upgraded to cater to increased port and market activities.
  • Abattoir facilities were upgraded and a new meat technology laboratory was set up to ensure that meat and meat products were wholesome and safe for consumption.



The 1980s saw a drastic decline in agricultural land. Many farmers were resettled to provide land for housing and industry. To maintain a degree of self-sufficiency and maximise land productivity, PPD began to develop farmlands into Agrotechnology Parks. This programme saw the introduction of automation and mechanisation to farming systems and the development of high-tech modern farms.

  • New technologies were constantly developed to help the local agri-industry stay competitive and highly productive. PPD undertook numerous collaborative research and development projects with local and overseas institutions.
  • Singapore became a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1986.
  • An integrated food safety programme was established to ensure the safety of an ever-increasing volume and variety of imported primary food.



PPD's diversification efforts and integrated food safety programme resulted in ample supplies of safe primary foods to Singapore. Food prices remained stable and our food safety standards are comparable to that in advanced countries. Singapore also remained free from major outbreaks of food-borne diseases caused by imported primary produce.

  • By maintaining strict quarantine measures, sound surveillance systems and up-to-date disease diagnostic laboratories, PPD successfully kept out exotic animal and plant diseases.
  • The development of the Agrotechnology Parks (totaling some 1500 ha) was completed in 1995.  Local research institutes such as the Institute of Molecular Agrobiology carried out research and development in agricultural biotechnology. An Agri-Bio Park was developed to house companies undertaking research and development and production of agribiotechnology products such as animal vaccines, biologics, diagnostic kits for animal and plant diseases, disease and pest resistant plants and bio-pesticides.
  • PPD was responsible for the facilitation of trade in agricultural products and agricultural produce, which included animals and plants and their products, as well as endangered species. Permits, licenses and certificates were issued for the import, export and transshipment of these products. PPD's export health certificates are were recognised worldwide.

2000 and beyond - The birth of AVA


Our future challenges
Emerging diseases and food-borne hazards

Prevention, detection and control of emerging diseases and food-borne hazards will become increasingly challenging. With the use of new chemicals and drugs in food production, advancements in biotechnology, and increasing incidences of food-poisoning outbreaks, as well as animal diseases that can be passed to humans (e.g. Mad Cow Disease, Bird Flu, and Nipah virus disease), we need to remain constantly vigilant to pre-empt such threats.

Resilient supply of safe food

Much of our supply of fresh food is derived from a few major sources. Any disruption in supply from such sources can have severe impact on our food supply. Efforts to raise levels of self-sufficiency will be limited by the scarcity of agricultural land. It is thus critical to continually identify new sources of safe and quality food to prevent over-dependence on a few sources. This may involve facilitating overseas investments in food production, the transfer of farming technology and the extension of laboratory services to the region. 

R&D in agri-biotechnology

Agri-biotechnology has the greatest potential to improve agriculture in this millennium. Ongoing collaborative research with industry, tertiary institutions and research institutes can be further strengthened to develop new products such as animal vaccines, genetically modified and superior plants and fish for the international market.

Gearing up for the future

Overcoming the increasingly difficult task of maintaining our high standards of food safety, animal health and plant health requires us to be agile in responding to emerging threats quickly and effectively. We also need to continually upgrade our supporting infrastructure as well as the expertise of our professionals.

In response to these needs, the Primary Production Department was restructured into a statutory board, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority or AVA, on 1 April 2000. As a statutory board, AVA is equipped with greater autonomy and flexibility to enable it to better respond to the challenges faced by the food and agriculture industry in this millennium. 

On 1 July 2002, AVA welcomed a new member into its family - the Food Control Division (formerly part of the Ministry of the Environment). With this new addition, AVA now regulates the safety of both fresh produce and processed foods, from production right up to just before retail

Our team of highly trained professionals will strive to build on past achievements and bring AVA to greater heights. Our new Marine Aquaculture Centre at St John's Island is set to boost marine aquaculture development in the region. The establishment of two new laboratories, the Veterinary Public Health Laboratory and the Animal and Plant Health Laboratory, that are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and capabilities, will strengthen our ability to deal with emerging threats. At the same time, they will be well-positioned to serve as regional reference centres for food safety, and for animal and plant health.

Celebrating AVA's Excellence Through the Years

1959 - Today

Read more about our heritage and how we have ensured the well-being of Singaporeans for more than 50 years. Download our special SG50 e-book Celebrating AVA's Excellence Through the Years.

Celebrating AVA's Excellence Through the Years Cover  













AgriFood Technologies Pte Ltd

Our Mission

Providing Creative Solutions For Your Food Safety, Animal and Plant Health, Quality Assurance and other Agri-Produce Ventures

(a fully-owned private subsidiary of Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore)

About us

The Agrifood Technologies Pte Ltd is a fully-owned private subsidiary company of the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), the national authority entrusted with the mission to ensure a resilient supply of safe food, safeguard the health of animal and plants, and facilitate agri-trade for Singapore.

A proven track record

The AVA's track record of internationally-acclaimed high food safety standards, zero incidence of major animal and plant diseases and significant inroads in agrotechnology speak volumes of our capability in these areas. Supported by a backbone of scientific expertise and cutting-edge hardware, the Agrifood Technologies Pte Ltd is aptly positioned to provide you a wide range of consultancy services in food and agriculture related fields.

Top-notch ideas, one-stop convenience

Our in-house expertise is complemented by links with a wide network of experts and research institutes in food and agricultural related fields. This aptly positions Agrifood Technologies Pte Ltd to offer one-stop convenience for expert, creative, sound and practical solutions in diverse areas of food safety, animal and plant health, quality assurance and agri-business.

Be it professional strategic consultancy in a specific field or a holistic expert opinion to set up an agribusiness, Agrifood Technologies Pte Ltd is the one agency for all your consultancy needs.

Broad scope of services

We prefer to think that our scope of service is borderless but as definition lends to clarity here is a listing of the broad areas of services offered by Agrifood Technologies Pte Ltd :

  • Technical feasibility study on farming of vegetables and aquaculture;
  • Technology transfer and provision of training in good and safe farming practices including post harvest processing practices;
  • Implementation of agri-production quality schemes modeled after Singapore's GAP certification scheme;
  • Design and set up of farm, meat and agri-produce processing facilities;
  • Assess and recommend improvements to food production process to meet internationally recognized HACCP requirements
  • Assess and recommend improvements to food safety, animal and plant health diagnostic laboratory testing techniques to meet internationally recognized Good Laboratory Practices requirements.

Areas of professional expertise

The Agrifood Technologies Pte Ltd due to an extensive professional network is able to tap on both in-house expertise and a panel of affiliate consultants to offer tailor-made solutions. The panel comprises prominent experts in a wide variety of food and agricultural related fields. Our diverse range of expertise include areas such as:

  • Food Safety
  • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system
  • Animal and Plant Health
  • Veterinary Epidemiology
  • Sanitary and Phytosanitary Risk Analysis
  • Agri-Produce Quality Assurance Schemes
  • Fisheries & Aquaculture
  • Post-harvest Processes for Fisheries and Agri-produce
  • Ornamental Plant & Fish Production
  • Agro-technology Park Development & Management
  • Livestock and Poultry Waste Management

If you have further enquiries

Please call the AVA Contact Centre via 6805 2992 or email us.
Alternatively, please visit our Contact Info page.

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