Kalera, a leader in sustainable indoor vertical farming, has finalized phase one of the construction at the Changi Logistics Centre with the completion of the core structure for the fully automated farm. The multi-layer vertical farm will allow crops to grow throughout the year in any climate, in a controlled environment that mitigates the risk of pathogens and maximizes taste and texture appeal.
The new indoor farm will change the consumption of locally-grown and harvested greens in Singapore. It will produce 500,000 kilograms of greens each year, which can be harvested right before consumption, resulting in higher nutritional value, less food waste and reduced CO2 emissions. The first harvest is expected in the third quarter of this year.
The new sustainable farm will actively contribute to Singapore’s 30 by 30 long-term food security goal. This initiative is made possible through the Singapore Food Agency’s (SFA) 30 x 30 Express Grant, which supports the local agri-industry to produce 30% of Singapore’s nutritional needs locally and sustainably by 2030. The grant will help to ramp up local production of leafy vegetables through Kalera’s patented ‘Dryponics’ cultivation method, which keeps the plants alive with roots intact and allows consumers to harvest the plants just before consumption for better-tasting greens.