If you are into sustainable produce, you might have come across the term ‘regenerative farming’ in recent times. Now, what exactly is regenerative farming? You can get your answer at the first ever exhibition on regeneratively farmed produce at Raffles City, organised by Western Australia and officially opened by Western Australian Agriculture and Food Minister, the Honorable Alannah MacTiernan MLC on 5 September 2022.
The Minister travelled to Singapore to support Western Australian growers and food and beverage producers seeking to extend their reach to Singaporean consumers and other overseas markets. The increasing number of individuals wanting to adopt more sustainable methods, has opened new opportunities for regeneratively and sustainably farmed producers to enter a niche market.
“Western Australia has a strong, clean, and green reputation with global consumers and many of our producers and agribusinesses have now embraced regenerative agriculture and sustainability practices,” Agriculture and Food Minister MacTiernan remarked.
“We also want to gauge consumer sentiment in Singapore to understand what is important to them when buying food.”
The Minister also expressed high hopes for regenerative farmers to attract a premium slice of the market for their sustainable farm produce.
Regenerative agriculture is in essence a farming approach that focuses on improving soil biology, thus lowering the need for synthetic fertilisers, and boosting the nutritional content of the food produced.
The Western Australia Regenerative and Sustainable Produce Promotion, which runs from 2 to 9 September, highlights regeneratively and sustainably produced from Western Australia, such as fresh beef, black barley, oat milk, bananas, sweet corn, avocados, truffle mash, pumpkin soup, and wines.
Visitors will learn how Western Australian farmers are envisioning the future of agriculture and how we can all help to promote sustainable food production. Kids and other young budding farmers may ‘farm’ fruits and vegetables from an interactive environment. Guests are also encouraged to take seed cards to grow their own produce at home.
The Western Australian display is part of Raffles City’s Project Green initiative, which features a sustainability-focused exhibit on the mall’s level 3 atrium. It also takes place at the same time as Food and Hotel Asia – Food and Beverage 2022, Asia’s biggest trade show.
A broad array of quality Western Australian food and beverage goods will be on display with production from 25 local businesses, while an additional 40 Western Australian entrepreneurs are also presenting at the event across the Australia Pavilion.