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Government to set up regulatory sandbox for agri-food farms

This is expected to help the government review more regulations for AFIP tenants.

The government will launch a regulatory sandbox for high-tech farms under the Agri-Food Innovation Park (AFIP) in Sungei Kadut, according to a speech by senior minister of state for trade and industry Koh Poh Koon.

Also read: Singapore to develop 18ha agri-tech innovation park

This is expected to help the government review more regulations for AFIP tenants and help firms increase their food production capacities.

In addition, the government also established an inter-agency workgroup, the Food Regulatory Connectivity Initiative, to give agri-food tech companies more access to new markets and expand their customer base overseas.

“We will work with trading partners to boost recognition of Singapore’s food regulatory system, and improve market access for food produced in or exported through Singapore. We are also partnering accredited private bodies based in Singapore to provide the necessary checks that fulfil foreign import requirements,” Koh said.

He stated that they are even in talks with China’s regulators on the recognition of meat and seafood products.

As for AFIP, Koh assured that its infrastructure and land preparation works for phase one of have started, and will be ready to welcome companies by the first half of 2021.

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