Malaysia-based agritech company, Sunway XFarms is looking to launch Kuala Lumpur City Centre's largest indoor vertical farm. Aimed for the third quarter of 2022, the new farm will occupy three floors spanning 37,000 square feet in Sunway Tower, Sunway and is expected to produce at least 13,000 kilogrammes of fresh, healthy and pesticide-free vegetables per month.
The new Sunway XFarms hub at Sunway Tower will allow the urban population of Kuala Lumpur to enjoy fresh produce with maximum nutritional benefits, grown in the heart of the city and delivered to restaurants and consumers within three hours of harvest.
“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.
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 the five-star hotel Sunway Resort which includes upcoming world-class restaurant Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill.
"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.
To reduce carbon footprint, food wastage and nutrition lost through transportation, all Sunway XFarms’ locations are strategically located to ensure fresh produce is accessible to every neighbourhood within a five-kilometre radius.
This is in line with Sunway’s commitment to advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as well as pledge to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, with an interim target to halve emissions by 2030.