Expert Author Micah N Manuntag


Living in a highly urbanized place brings its own set of advantages and disadvantages. One of the most prominent disadvantages would be the inability to start planting greens or cultivate farms. Due to the little space as well as other minor factors involved in living in an urban place, residents find it quite impossible to even start a mini garden. However, in Singapore this is no longer impossible thanks to vertical farming.

What is vertical farming?

This type of farming is a practice under urban agriculture that allows people to plant fresh produce in vertically stacked layers. Though there are several ways on how this can be implemented depending on the location where you want to start farming vertically, most are not very difficult to maintain and use. Here are some of the perks that you can get from implementing vertical farming in Singapore.


  • Grow fresh produce with only little space needed.

Since horizontal space is mostly occupied in Singapore, using the method of farming vertically is a wise way to produce food even in buildings or high-roofed areas. Sky Greens has developed a technology using a vertical system that is low carbon and hydraulic water-driven. This system is the first in the world. It allows maximum yield in fresh produce with just a small amount of water, natural resources, and energy. At home, this farming method can also be implemented using farming rails.


  • Future preparation for urban countries like Singapore

Countries like Singapore mostly imports food from other countries as growing it is quite difficult. With vertical farming methods implemented, food can be homegrown and importing can be lessened. In addition, this can even create cleaner environment as well as contribute to decreasing global warming and climate change.


  • Increase production of crops

Another known benefit of vertical farming is increased crop yield. Compared to growing crops the old way, you will be able to double or even triple your crop yield since vertical farming allows you to plant more – from ground up. In addition, you will also be able to produce any crop all year round.


  • Lower risk of weather damage

Unlike traditional farming that is often done outdoors, vertical farming is implemented indoors. In this sense, there is lower risk of experiencing weather damages such as flooding, extreme weather temperature and the likes.

Vertical farming is a great way to do farming even in a highly urbanized location. However, you need to make sure that you know all of the basics so you can be sure to grow healthy crops.

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