SINGAPORE: From growing rice at sea to turning to microalgae as an alternative protein source – these are some of the ways Singapore could boost its homegrown food production in the future as it looks to improve its food security. The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be a wake-up call for Singapore on the issue of food security, say experts. "The crisis could be a timely reminder of how fragile food security can be," said Professor William Chen, director of the Nanyang Technological University's Food Science and Technology programme. While there are other factors such as climate change which pose a threat to food security, these are relatively far off, he noted. The coronavirus outbreak, as well as resulting lockdowns to stop its spread, has helped put a spotlight on the issue, said Prof Chen, who is also Michael Fam chair professor at NTU. In March, Malaysia announced its movement control order , with measures including barring citizens from leaving and foreigners from entering the country. This sparked a round of panic buying in Singapore, with long queues of people at supermarkets stocking up on items such as eggs and meat. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong later announced that his Malaysian counterpart Muhyiddin… Read full this story
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