Pepsi enters into farming

Hamburg/Pinnebog, MI(Zone 6a)

This is about a yr old but I found it in passing and thought that it would be something for you all to look at.
Plus it goes along with what I said on another thread about contract farming being the future.Keep notice of several key words and sentences. Also they talk about yields but not what the farmers will make off them yields.
Just keeping you all up to date on the farming scene
Friday Jun 30 2000

Pepsi to start tomato farming in K’taka
Arun Sundaram
PEPSI Foods Ltd is planning to commence contract tomato farming at Nelamangala (about 40 km from Bangalore). Off-season testing of about 18 hybrid seeding material is already under way.

Speaking to ET, a senior official of PFL said the seeding material would be supplied to the contract farmers by September or October to facilitate rabi cultivation. The produce is expected to be harvested from next January onwards.

As per the plan, the official continued, the entire output would be lifted by PFL for producing tomato puree. Initially the project would be restricted to around 300 acres (producing around 10,000 tonnes).

``If the project goes as scheduled more contract farming would be likely 24 months down the line. The company eventually plans to make available high quality seeding material right at the farmer’s doorstep. PFL’s procurement price would also be at a premium compared to the ruling market price,’’ the official said.

PFL has also been harvesting fruits like mangoes, guava, banana, grapes and papaya (mainly for processing) on a five acre land near Nelamangala.

Besides the fruit and tomato cultivation programmes, PFL is also looking at the possibility of encouraging contract farming of groundnut in Karnataka.

The programme is likely to be started in Kolar district. The area in and around Kolar has the ideal soil condition for groundnut cultivation in the state, the official added.

PFL also plans to expand the area under groundnut farming in Punjab.

Under its groundnut contract farming programme, farmers in Punjab have been able to obtain average yields of about 1.5 tonnes per acre compared to the national average of about 0.4 tonnes per acre.

Santa Barbara, CA


I've run across a lot of articles posted in local asian papers (English language) about many of the majors introducing conventional crops and moving to license GMOs in India, Pakistan, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Phillipines. Cotton may be the largest gm crop in India before long in a world already overrun with cotton. There are many trials of Bt and RR maize and soybeans scheduled for the region as well. Don't know what's a Canadian or US row cropper to do. The shortterm export market seems shot from several vantage points. Organic is looking pretty good right now from this side of the fence.

The bigger organic growers are increasingly working under contract because of the volatility of spot pricing. They seek to limit planting to what is already sold. With a bit of extra land and time, they will grow on spec and sometimes can make good money until the "apes" catch on and kill the market. I made some good money growing gourment organic garlic for three years until the chinese dumped 3 million pounds of No. 1 garlic in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico for 35 cents US per pound.

Keep the faith and good luck figuring out your future.


Panama, NY(Zone 5a)

This is what really makes me feel ill. The bottom line is all that anyone sees anymore and it really doesn't matter where or how they get what they want or who they hurt doing it. I feel like I'm just sputtering here. I'll be back when I make more sense.

southeast, NE

In the early 70's a major insurance company (and I drawing a blank at to who it was) bought a bunch of Sandhills ranch ground in western Nebr. They thought they knew more than the several generations before and that they could turn this into farm ground by installing a bunch of center pivots. So they plowed up Sandhills pasture/grass ground and tried it. Guess what - it didn't work so this ground literally blew away. The good that came out of it was that Nebraska passed the infamous Proposition 300 and outlawed Corporation sponsored farming in Nebr. I am not sure of the specifics on the laws. I do know farmers can be incorporated but the owners have to be actively involved in the farming. There is a case pending right now with a hog farrowing operation that is "illegal". If there are other lurking Nebraskans - please make corrections to this if I didn't explain correctly. Wouldn't it be great if this was a nation wide law?

Richmond Hill, GA(Zone 8b)

Why in the world would an insurance company want to get involved in that? I'm shocked! Thanks for the info, Jewel. :)


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