National University of Singapore (NUS) officially launched the Research Centre on Sustainable Urban Farming (SUrF) on 5 August, to bring together the diverse expertise of principal investigators across the University to develop novel science- and technology-based solutions for urban farming in Singapore. The launch event was graced by Mr Lim Kok Thai, Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Food Agency, as the Guest-of-Honour.
(anti-clockwise from front row extreme right) The NUS Research Centre on Sustainable Urban Farming (SUrF) is led by Professor Prakash Kumar, Director of SUrF, and comprises a multidisciplinary team including Professor Yu Hao, Chair of SUrF’s Management Board; Professor Zhou Weibiao, Co-Chair of SUrF’s Management Board; Associate Professor Sanjay Swarup, Principal Investigator at SUrF; and Associate Professor Chew Fook Tim, Principal Investigator at SUrF.
The University has committed S$10 million to set up the new Centre. Additionally, projects by researchers in SUrF have also secured external research grants of about S$11 million. SUrF had commenced operations in January 2022, while a new state-of-the art research facility is expected to be completed in 2023.
“NUS is committed to making significant contributions towards Singapore’s food policy agenda, together with partners in the public sector and the industry. We aim to create a globally competitive research programme in sustainable urban farming that incorporates smart agriculture solutions for diverse stakeholders. The Research Centre on Sustainable Urban Farming (SUrF) provides a platform to focus our multidisciplinary efforts and accelerate Singapore’s food security research and innovation,” said Professor Tan Eng Chye, NUS President.