Issue 134, May 2014
Farming fun!
NTU alumni and their families spend an enjoyable morning visiting local farms

Many people may not be aware of the presence of various farms scattered around the Lim Chu Kang area in Singapore. However, some 185 NTU alumni and their families participating in the NTU Alumni Farm Visit event had the opportunity to explore those farms on 24 May.

It was a chance for them to get away from their busy city lives and enjoy peace, serenity and fresh air, whilst learning more about the little known farming activities in Singapore.

The first farm they visited was the Hay Dairies Goat Farm where they saw how goats are milked, and understood better, the benefits of goat’s milk for people of all ages. They were also given a bottle of fresh goat’s milk to bring home.

It was then time for the main highlight of the trip – a visit to the Long Kuan Hung Crocodile Farm – the only crocodile farm still in operation in Singapore. As this farm is not open to the general public, the participants were given an exclusive tour of the farm which is the size of twelve football fields and houses some 13,000 crocodiles.

They learnt more about crocodile nests and eggs, and also how crocodile skin is prepared for grading and sale. The most exciting part of their visit to the crocodile farm was probably the chance to touch and carry a gentle midget crocodile named Baobei.

Thereafter, the participants discovered the world of American Bullfrogs at the Jurong Frog Farm, the third farm in the itinerary, where they viewed live displays and demonstrations. They were also invited to sample some good quality home-grown hashima.

The event ended with a visit to Kok Fah Technology vegetable farm, where the alumni and their families learnt how high quality vegetables are produced, harvested, packed and distributed to leading local supermarket chains. There was also a wide variety of fresh produce available for the participants to purchase.

Alumnus Mr Jackie Tan (MSE/1994) was attending the farm visit event for the first time with his wife and son. He said: “The crocodile farm was most eye opening. We were awed by the sizes of the crocodiles, and brief overview of the process in obtaining the skin. It was also an experience for my son who had the chance to see exactly how goats are milked at the goat farm."

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