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The National Parks Board has launched a S$3.9 million Landscape Productivity Grant to help local landscape companies defray the cost of purchasing equipment. The grant is available from now till March 2016.
SINGAPORE: The National Parks Board has launched a S$3.9 million Landscape Productivity Grant to help local landscape companies defray the cost of purchasing equipment. The grant is available from now till March 2016.
It was was launched on Friday by Mr Desmond Lee, Minister of State for National Development, during a visit to Prince's Landscape & Construction Pte Ltd.
Prince's is the first recipient of the grant, which is an initiative under the S$12 million Landscape Productivity Roadmap.
The Landscape Productivity Grant will be disbursed to eligible companies which purchase new equipment for projects such as landscape design, construction and maintenance. Each company will receive up to 50 per cent funding or a maximum of S$100,000.
Prince's will use the grant to acquire a tractor equipped with a hedge trimmer. The tractor is expected to reduce the time taken to trim hedges by 75 per cent.
Mr Alson Tan, director of Prince's, said: "Over the years, Prince's has been a firm believer in enhancing productivity through mechanisation. At the same time, we develop the skills of our employees to operate all the new equipment. With the latest machines and a skilled workforce, we believe that our company will progress. NParks' Landscape Productivity Grant will help us achieve this goal."
Mr Desmond Lee is confident that the grant will benefit many of local landscape companies.
Mr Lee said: "The landscape industry has traditionally relied heavily on manual processes and on foreign manpower. Since the Landscape Industry Productivity Roadmap was endorsed in 2010, many landscape companies have started to mechanise and adopt technology. This has made them more efficient.
"The Landscape Productivity Grant that we are launching today will help our landscape companies defray the cost of purchasing equipment that will improve their work processes and make their workers more productive.
"Companies such as Prince's Landscape & Construction Pte Ltd are leading the way. I encourage other landscape companies to consider applying for this grant."