Farmers bidding for the new land will be encouraged to outline their plans to raise productivity as well as competing on price. “The food security gains won’t be significant — we’re not talking about a quantum leap that will let us be self-sufficient in eggs, for example,” Eugene Tan, a political analyst at Singapore Management University, said. “But if we can pioneer technology in the farming sector, this could eventually be exported, particularly to countries where land commands a premium.”
 
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