SINGAPORE – Singrow, a Singapore-based agri-genomics firm, has launched the world’s first climate-resilient strawberry variety using its transformative technology ‘genomics technology platform’.

With its climate-resilient and high-yield producing qualities, Singrow Strawberries can now be grown at scale in tropical countries, breaking seasonal and temperature barriers and unlocking huge potential for growers while also reducing costs for consumers.

The company uses advanced genomics technology that leverages a deep understanding of plant genomes to improve crop nutrition and yield with varieties that are also disease and climate-resilient. These methods are more productive than conventional breeding.

Numerous benefits of this technology have led to increasing adoption across the globe, as can be seen in China’s recent approval of gene-edited crops and the planting of nutrient-enriched golden rice in the Philippines, Singrow noted.

The scalable technology presents a significant opportunity for the agriculture industry as it can be applied to many staple crops that are facing challenges brought about by climate change.

The company is currently developing other crop segments that will address food security challenges around the world, especially in Asia and Africa, that are frequently affected by climate change.

“Singrow is the first company to successfully utilize genomics technology to develop a sustainable commercial strawberry variety that can grow in a tropical climate such as Singapore and South East Asia. The success of this strawberry variety is the culmination of several years of research. We are excited to share this announcement with the global agricultural community,” said Dr. Bao Shengjie, CEO and chief scientist at Singrow.

“Warmer temperatures caused by climate change have had a significant impact on food production. We believe that molecular and genomics crop-breeding technologies are the future for agriculture. We proud to invent the future of agriculture in Singapore and tackle the toughest problems to secure the future of food.”

Proficient Market Research projects the Global Fresh Strawberry Market Size, which was estimated at US$19 billion in 2021 to reach US$24billion by 2028, exhibiting a CAGR of 3.47% during the forecast period.

The fresh strawberry market is mainly driven by its wide incorporation into various processed foods such as shortcakes and pastries.

Currently, analysts are saying consumers are shifting towards plant-based foods due to the numerous health benefits associated with consuming fresh fruits and vegetables, which in turn has impetus the fresh strawberry market growth.

Fresh strawberry is rich in vitamins, fibers, and antioxidants, which it is also utilized in many cosmetics and personal care products. Fresh strawberries are a sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-calorie food and are considered also to be a potent fruit in lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.

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