As a country that imports more than 90% of its food, Singapore faces multiple challenges that could affect its food supply, including climate change, pandemics and geopolitical events, Fu said. I am.
She quoted the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the Jurong Fisheries Port was temporarily closed and border restrictions affected the movement of goods and people into the country.
In addition to the pandemic, she mentioned the war in Ukraine, inflationary pressures, and food export bans imposed by several countries.
“Therefore, it’s important not to put all the eggs in one basket, which is why Singapore takes a multi-faceted approach to ensuring food security,” said Hu, a national strategy. He added that it includes diversification of import sources and overseas growth. Growing locally.
“Source diversification is especially important, which is closely related to food safety as we only need to ensure that we import from sources that meet food safety requirements.”
While the government continues to encourage the opening of new importers, Mr. Fu brings industry and companies into the supply network by implementing business continuity plans such as diversifying and maintaining warm connections with multiple sources. Encouraged to “build resilience”.
“This will protect their business, especially when supply is cut off,” she said.
Mr. Fu cited the example of an egg importer who diversified sources to import eggs from Thailand, Poland and Australia and reduced Singapore’s reliance on Malaysia.
She also appreciated Singapore’s consumer understanding and “adaptation” in accepting various alternative forms of chicken and protein.
“With the close cooperation of our people, industry and government, we are confident that Singapore is ready to overcome and endure the turmoil in our food supply,” she added.