Hanoi (VNA) – Singapore is turning vacant lots of land into space for urban farming as an effort to ease its reliance on imported food.

Currently, the Southeast Asian nation imports more than 90 percent of its food, mainly from neighbouring countries.

Edible Garden City, a company with a grow-your-own-food message, has designed and built more than 50 food gardens in Singapore for clients ranging from restaurants and hotels to schools and residences.

One of its projects is Citizen Farm, an 8,000sq.m plot that used to be a prison, turned into an urban farm.

Citizen Farm produces up to 100kg of vegetables, 20kg of herbs and 10-15kg of mushrooms a day, enough to feed up to 500 people.

Government agencies are considering the initiative to apply in other parts of the city, including spaces around high-rise public housing.-VNA