Sunway XFarms plans the launch of Kuala Lumpur City Centre’s largest indoor vertical farm in Q3 2022.
Created during the pandemic, the company was founded by Sunway Property and Sunway Education Group. It has since produced food for more than 1,800 families wither over 15,000 kg of leafy greens grown and harvested in Sunway’s smart sustainable city in Kuala Lumpur.
The new farm, expected to have a surface area of 37,000 sqft is estimated to be able to produce at least 13,000kg of fresh and pesticide-free vegetables per month.
“With Sunway XFarms launched in Sunway Tower, we hope to accelerate our commitment towards scaling sustainable food production which is close to consumers. Sunway XFarms will be able to contribute towards Malaysia’s food security, one seed at a time,” said Sunway XFarms chief operating officer Eleanor Choong in a press statement on Tuesday.
While using 90% less water than traditional farming, XFarms is able to yield 10 times as much produce as traditional farms. Moreover, it ensures consistent quality, safe & controlled environments powered by IoT sensors and cameras thus providing data to analyse for farm managers.
“Sunway XFarms builds farms which are both market and technology driven. Our smart farm ecosystem allows us to remotely manage our farms’ output, match it to demand accurately and make informed decisions using data collected and analysed from hundreds of data points at any given time. By doing so, we see that we are not only achieving key production metrics but also sustainability goals,” added Choong.
Sunway XFarms is currently collaborating with the group’s various business divisions including Sunway Malls, Sunway Hotels and Resorts as well as Sunway Lagoon, to expand its presence by building four food hubs and farms in the Klang Valley, Johor, Ipoh and Penang.
Sunway XFarms in Sunway City Kuala Lumpur is also a key source of ingredients for local healthy food eatery La Juiceria Superfoods as well as restaurants at five-star hotel Sunway Resort, which includes upcoming world-class restaurant Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill.