On 13 December, during Singapore Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Grace Fu’s official visit to Brunei’s Golden Chick Livestock Farm, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) announced the accreditation of Brunei as the new source of chicken egg export to Singapore
The Golden Chick Livestock Farm is the first Bruneian farm to export eggs to Singapore. During her trip to Brunei, Fu focused on discussions involving the strengthening of agri-food, environmental, water resource management, and climate change cooperation between the two countries, which already seem to share long-standing and close bilateral trade relations. The accreditation of Brunei as a new country source for eggs is another step towards augmenting food cooperation between both countries, as Brunei looks to produce eggs for export while Singapore diversifies its egg import sources further.
Currently, egg imports account for approximately 70% of Singapore’s egg supply while local egg production currently contributes to about 30% of the country’s total egg consumption, thereby complementing efforts on import source diversification. Efforts to diversify the nation’s egg supply over the past three years have helped the country to withstand supply disruptions arising from unexpected events such as disease outbreaks and geopolitical tensions, thus ensuring a stable supply of eggs in Singapore.
The upcoming development of the fourth egg farm in Singapore with a state-of-the-art, productive and sustainable egg facility will further strengthen the resilience of Singapore’s local egg supply. When fully operational, local egg farms are believed to meet about 50% of the country’s egg demand and contribute towards Singapore’s 30-by-30 goal to build the agri-food industry’s capability and capacity to sustainably produce 30% of Singapore’s nutritional needs by 2030.
Meanwhile, the SFA plans to continue accrediting new sources, while working closely with the industry to diversify their supplies, and strengthen their resiliency including through Business Continuity Planning. It is important to keep in mind that all eggs entering Singapore must come from accredited sources that meet SFA’s strict food safety standards and animal health standards.