r+ Journal

A Concrete Plan

By Andy GohFounder and CEO of r+
hello world!

I've been quite busy over the past week as I travel between Singapore, Cambodia and Taiwan. One thing struck me when I was in Taiwan was the concrete dividers and drains in the Padi fields. It is a common sight to see these Padi Fields with concrete drains by the side of the tarmac road. But when you think about it, this shows the ultimate state of farming in Taiwan, with the highest level of sophistication of having a solid concrete component. To elaborate, the Taiwanese have established farming at a level of proximity to an urban object such as a road, and accepted the co-existence of both a crop field and a road. This does capture the Taiwanese Landscape - they know that they need to co-exist with nature instead of conquering it.

In Cambodia, we have farm plots next to dirt tracks, and sometimes farm plots are overtaken by certain developers. I have heard of stories of the insecure nature of the farmland; one day you can have a fishing pond, and the next day, someone bulldozes and puts backfill into it. In Taiwanese farms, everything is secured, no one is going to bulldoze a plot of land the next day. From the geopolitical landscape, to the farm, there is a level of sophistication, the vision that each farm plot will one day have a concrete and definite drain next to it.

At r+, we develop the new rural. We advocate modern technology and sustainable techniques so that the local communities can develop sustainably, while co-existing with nature to create a better future for all.

More stories

30 December 2022
r+ Singapore Farm Cycle 2022 Extended!

There's still time to join in the fun of the r+ Singapore Farm Cycle 2022 as we are extending the event deadline till 31 Jan 2023! More info below http://goto.rplus.asia/SFC22SignUp For participants who missed our previous net zero events, do join us for an online talk at 3pm on 13 Jan 2023 - this will […]

Read More
16 May 2023
Sprucing Things Up

With the roofing completed, work has begun on the interior fit-out of r+ cafe | grains. For the flooring, we sourced local Chengal timber, a tropical hardwood which has undergone processing and advanced treatment. Bit by bit, we're building meaningful exchanges with local communities at multiple levels to create mutually beneficial outcomes.

Read More
crossmenuarrow-up linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram