Singapore has to create higher-value farming jobs: minister

SINGAPORE: Second Minister for Education Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman says the country needs to create higher-value jobs in farming to achieve its "30 by 30" target.

Under the target, the country aims to build up its agri-food industry's capability to produce 30% of its nutritional needs locally and sustainably by the year 2030, up from less than 10% when the target was announced in 2019.

Maliki said Singapore needs to go beyond the traditional methods of farming and use technology to maximise its limited farming space. This requires new skillsets and talent in the sector, he noted.

"Singapore currently employs about 2,000 workers in the agri-food sector. By 2030, it is projected that about 4,700 new and redesigned jobs would be created, with about 70% of the jobs expected to be filled by skilled workers and Professional, Managers, Executives and Technicians," Maliki said at the opening ceremony of Republic Polytechnic's Greenhouse.

The Greenhouse will be part of Republic Polytechnic's Integrated Agriculture Hub, which facilitates training, research, and industry collaboration on technical solutions for modern age farming.

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