Singapore 2008 Cash Crops of Early Singapore

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Singapore 2008 Cash Crops of Early Singapore

Postby kennywkt » 10 Oct 2008 14:58

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When Sir Stamford Raffles established the first Botanic Gardens in 1822, located on the slopes of Government Hill ( now known as Fort Canning Hill ), its purpose then was for experimental cultivation of plants, such as nutmeg and clove, to evaluate their economic value and suitability as Cash Crops ( crops that are grown for money ) as well as other tropical plants.

Beautifully illustrated in this set of stamps are the commonly found cash crops in the early days in Singapore, namely:
Pepper ( 1st Local ) - a perennial root climber and often grows on posts, the fruit is ground and used in powdered form and widely used as condiment, with the flavor and pungency blending well with most savoury dishes.
Tapioca ( 65¢ ) - easiest to grow, is an important famine crop as not much attention is needed on the plant and it can grow in poor soil and withstand drought. It is the huge storage root of the plant that is eaten especially through the times of the Japanese Occupation.
Rubber ( $1.10 ) - a huge contributor to Singapore’s trade and commerce in the early days through the extensive importing and exporting of rubber products. In the 1930s, more than one quarter of the workforce was engaged in the Rubber industry.
Nutmeg ( $2 ) - used medicinally and is said to have stimulative, carminative, astringent and aphrodisiac properties, nutmeg cultivation was undeniably a part of Singapore’s history with roads named after itself.

Date of Issue:
12 Nov 2008

Denominations:
1st Local, 65¢, $1.10 and $2

Stamp size:
30mm x 40mm

Self–adhesive Stamp Booklet size ( closed ):
70mm x 90mm

Perforation:
13.33 x 13.60

Paper:
Unwatermarked

Printing:
Offset Lithography

Printer:
Southern Colour Print

Sheet Content:
10 stamps per sheet

Designer:
Leo Teck Chong

Source from SingPOST
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