Water Recycling on Livestock Farms

Sustainable Agriculture & TradeJapfaNTU-SAIL
Up to S$50,000 in pilot fundingS$20,000 POC Development GrantAccess to pilot and test facilities
Headquartered in Singapore; Japfa employs more than 38,000 people across a vertically integrated network of modern farming, processing and distribution facilities in Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Myanmar and Bangladesh. They specialise in producing protein staples (poultry, swine, aquaculture and beef) and consumer food that nourish millions of people.

Water plays a vital part in livestock farming and aquaculture. Implementing effective water treatment and disinfection measures significantly reduces the risk of disease outbreaks among poultry and livestock, mitigating potential economic losses and safeguarding food safety. 

Japfa consumes more than 14,000 megalitres of water annually. They aim to enhance water circularity and reduce water withdrawal used to feed animals and supply their operations, particularly in water-scarce areas where rainfall is relatively low or inconsistent throughout the year. 

They have five water recycling facilities in Indonesia, with four more facilities to be completed by December 2025. These facilities have treated over 80 megalitres of wastewater, which is then used in cleaning, washing and various other purposes. 

Japfa wants to sustainably increase the volume of wastewater treated, as well as improve the quality of the treated water so it can be applicable for more uses. Japfa is seeking more sustainable solutions than conventional water filtration or reverse osmosis systems due to constraints such as water scarcity, space limitations and energy intensity. 

How might we implement a sustainable and cost-effective waste water treatment solution for livestock and aquaculture facilities?


Water Quality –  The solution should purify the water enough for it to be reused for production processes, based on local industry standards (which differ from country to country). 

Energy Requirements –  The solution should use significantly less energy compared to traditional water treatment and RO systems. 

Cost Effectiveness –  The solution should cost less to procure and operate than traditional water treatment and RO systems. 

Scalability –  The solution should be scalable to accommodate the diverse needs of poultry, farm and processing operations of varying sizes. 

Ease of Integration – It should be easy to integrate the solution into existing poultry, farm or processing operations without causing significant disruptions. 

Japfa is not interested in solutions that solely rely on conventional reverse osmosis systems, as these have high energy requirements and thus a large carbon footprint. Additionally, solutions that do not address the affordability of the solution or offer substantial energy savings will not be considered.


The solution will be piloted on one or more of Japfa’s farms in Indonesia, and should be completed within six months. 

Resources and incentives

Japfa is providing funding of up to S$50,000 and project management support for a trial.

Enterprise Singapore is augmenting this support with a S$20,000 POC development grant. This POC development grant will be made available to solution providers, both local and foreign, provided that they engage in innovation development activities in Singapore.

Info Session 

Check out the recording from our Info Session, where Japfa shared more about their challenge statement.

Market Potential / Business Opportunity

Following a successful pilot, Japfa is interested to explore a potential collaboration:
  • Become a launch customer of the startup: If the technical validation is successful, Japfa will consider a roll-out across various areas of operations and geographies. Besides Indonesia, they have facilities in Vietnam, India, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
  • Jointly develop and potentially join in IP ownership;
  • Make equity investment in the startup; and/or
  • Jointly go to market to partners and customers.

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Applications close on Wednesday, 31 January 2024 at 11.59pm (GMT+8).