Singapore’s Orchid Nurseries To Move To Designated Locations

Singapore’s florists won’t have to worry about their supply of orchid cut flowers, as the country’s National Parks Board have set new real estate space for orchid nurseries to operate in. The nurseries will be dispersed across designated locations in Lim Chu Kang and Sungei Tengah, on the land the NParks set for the growth of the orchids, a bloom of significant importance to Singapore.

The effort is part of their imperative to promote more efficient land use, with over 20 hectares of land set aside in order to provide space for the orchid nurseries, which is about half of the 40 hectares currently occupied by growers.

NParks took over managerial duties of the nurseries from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority back on the 1st of January, disclosed on the 14th of March in a briefing to the operators of orchid nurseries.

According to Group Director and NParks, Mr. Sim Cheng Hai, land space in Singapore is becoming more and more scarce, and, as a result, land use requirements are periodically reviewed. In that context, when the tenancies and leases of orchid nursery operators end, they aren’t guaranteed to received extensions, which usually results in them getting closed down, which puts strain on the country’s orchid cut flowers supply.

Mr. Sim says that the land in the country is needed by the State for planned uses, and to address that fact, NParks worked with the agencies in order to inform operators as soon as possible so that they can plan ahead.

The agency oversees all plant nurseries in Singapore, and says that they are looking into getting more land to allocate for the needs of orchid industry, increasing from the initial 20 hectares. Additionally, the changes mean that nurseries that operate outside designated areas must shut down if they are unable to get new plots when their leases end. Nurseries in the designated areas must rebid for plots when their leases expire.

Singapore has about 20 orchid nurseries, exporting about $11.7 million worth of orchids in the year of 2016, according to data from the United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database.

Mr. Sim says that NParks will work with the nursery operators in order to find ways to adapt, as well as to evolve, in order to enhance productivity and land use efficiency.