Singapore will soon have a fourth egg farm, alongside the existing three – Seng Choon Farm, Chew’s Agriculture and N&N Agriculture.
360 million eggs
Local company ISE Foods Holdings (IFH)announced on October 25 that it had received approval in principle from the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) to build a commercial egg farm on approximately 10 ha of land in Singapore.
The installation will include a commercial egg farm, a day-old chick (DOC) hatchery, a parent stock pullet farm and a parent stock laying hen farm, the IFH press release said.
The commercial egg farm and DOC hatchery will be located in Lim Chu Kang, while other specialized facilities will be located in Sungei Tengah and Tuas.
When fully operational, the integrated facility will be able to produce 360 million eggs and up to five million COD per year.
This means that it can increase the ability of Singapore’s egg industry to meet local egg demand by around 30% to 50%.
The egg farm will be developed in phases from the first quarter of 2023 and will begin operations in 2024.
To build this facility, IFH is collaborating with ISE Japan, the leading egg producer in Japan and one of the largest in the world, according to the press release.
Use smart technology
The egg farm will use smart technology in the form of artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and visual analytical inspection.
It will collaborate with the National University of Singapore (NUS) to develop “unique cutting-edge technology” to create a 24-hour live remote monitoring system.
This will help “improve the working environment”, IFH said.
AI image recognition technology will also be deployed to detect any abnormalities in hens inside the farm, without human intervention.
Not only will such technology “create a better environment inside the farm”, but it will ensure that the chickens can receive prompt veterinary treatment.
The use of technology will also solve the problem of labor shortage in this industry, IFH wrote. By enabling the automation of many agricultural tasks, it will help to prioritize its labor needs, in a traditionally labor-intensive industry.
According to IFH, the new facility will also take steps to “strengthen sustainability” by increasing its energy efficiency and adapting more environmentally friendly waste management.
“The focus will be on ‘zero carbon emissions’, ‘high quality fertilizers’, ‘reduced use of fossil fuels’ and ‘water recycling systems.’ using renewable energy sources, reducing excessive electricity consumption through energy-efficient light fixtures with sensors and natural ventilation to reduce the need for air conditioning, etc.”
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