Top 5 countries with flourishing Agri-Business
“A way to a man’s heart is through stomach,” goes the cliché. Whether or not it can be generalised to all men is left to an individual’s discretion though. But one thing is for sure; there is no other universal temptation like food for humankind, irrespective of age, gender, region, religion or nationality. Come to think of it, the salivating food courts in most marketplaces of the world always attract more footfalls than any other outlet! While many privileged souls can afford this bare essential for sustaining life, there’s a sizable population that can hardly manage a onetime meal in a day. The World Food Day, observed on October 16 every year to commemorate the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945, is dedicated to such issues as food security, hunger and poverty.
Agricultural sector being the primary source of food production, the theme of World Food Day 2015 is “Social Protection and Agriculture: breaking the cycle of rural poverty”. iTraveller takes you on a virtual tour of the top five countries with flourishing agriculture and agribusinesses. With their vibrant cultures and eco-diversity, these countries also make for great travelling experience.
United States – Ultra-Modern Farming
Yes, you heard it right! Although many of us are familiar only with the ultramodern, urbanised side of the US, the fact of the matter is the country dominates half of the world’s food grain exports! With its highly advanced agribusiness and subsidies, it is one of the top producers and exporters of corn, wheat, vegetables, fruits and lots more.
Top Agri Destinations: California, Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Indiana
China – The Iron Rice Bowl
Any guesses on how old agriculture is in China? It all started around 7500 BC with millet cultivation! That’s how prehistoric agriculture is to the People’s Republic of China! The country is the primary producer of rice, wheat, potatoes, tomato, sorghum, peanuts, tea, millet, barley and soybeans.
Top Agri Destinations: South of the Huai River, the Zhu Jiang delta, Yunnan, Guizhou, Sichuan provinces, Wei and Fen River valleys on the Loess plateau, Jiangsu and Hubei provinces
India – Celebrating Agricultural Seasons
From Pongal, Makar Sankranti and Lohri to Onam, Baisakhi and Bhogali Bihu, many festivals in India are rooted in the celebration of agriculture. With its geographical and climatic diversity, the country ranks second in terms of farm output. India is the second largest producer of wheat and rice, several dry fruits, roots and tuber crops, pulse, coconut and sugarcane.
Brazil – Breadbasket of the World
The largest country of South America, Brazil is popularly known as the “Breadbasket of the World”. Agriculture is a major industry in the country and the backbone of Brazil’s economy. Coffee, soybeans, wheat, rice, corn, sugarcane, cocoa and citrus make a sizable contribution to Brazil’s total exports.
Top Agri Destinations: São Paulo, Mato Grosso, Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul, Minas Gerais
Indonesia – The ‘Green’ Emerald of the Equator
Traditionally, agriculture has been a major contributor to Indonesia’s economy owing to its vast expanses of fertile land. And although the share of the total workforce engaged in agriculture has come down from 55% in 1980s, it is still significantly high at 41% at present. Rice, vegetables, fruit, rubber, tobacco, sugar, palm oil, coffee, tea, cocoa and cinchona are the major crops.
Top Agri Destinations: Bali and Java islands (Ambarawa, Yogyakarta)