Last week, a group of businessmen from Thailand went to Brazil, interested in the Brazilian system of mechanized planting and harvesting of sugar cane. In total, 11 entrepreneurs, from two different groups, the Apam, Asia Pacific Agricultural Machinery and Mitr Phol Sugar Group (the fifth largest sugar producer in the world and the largest producer in Asia), attended the visit.
On Tuesday morning the group was in the region of Ribeirão Preto, the top producing region in the country, visiting industries and plants.
Thailand, the second largest sugar exporter in the world, produces sugarcane on 100,000 hectares, but the production consists of small properties on average six acres, the largest amount to 60 ha. The country uses little mechanized system, and some of the machines were purchased from Ribeirão Preto.