Target was born from the ideas of Dr. Thomas Gerbracht. In the 1990s, after visting Sri Lanka, Thomas chose to settle there and founded Target Agriculture to export organic fruit products. Later, Target grew to include Thailand and Vietnam.
Each of these countries has a unique history, culture, and geography that help contribute to the work we are doing.
From its humble origins as a family project in Sri Lanka, Target has grown to provide more than 200 certified organic products, from organic farms all over Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, to customers in Europe, America, Asia, and Australia. We have a number of processing plants, all certified by international organic certifier organizations, producing high quality products, and superior values for our clients around the world.
Paradise is the only suitable word enthusiastic visitors can use to describe the overwhelming beauty of Sri Lanka. The luscious green tropical island with the loveliest beaches and beautiful bays surrounded by the crystal clear blue water of the Indian Ocean.
In the bustling, but human-scale Colombo, is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, home to around one million people. Rich in history and culture, developed over its 2000 year history, Indian, Dutch, and British influences can be found around the city, blending with the many beautiful Buddhist temples in the city and around the island.
But Sri Lanka isn't known only for its beaches and temples. Inland, on the central part of the island, mountainous terrain dominates, with the cooler weather providing a suitable environment for growing Sri Lanka's famous tea.
Elsewhere on the island, the wet, warm climate makes Sri Lanka the perfect place to grow a wide variety of tropical fruits, like coconuts, pineapples, mangos, and many more.
For Dr. Thomas Gerbracht, Sri Lanka was the perfect place to start his business. The almost magical setting, still pristine soil, and friendly Sri Lankans provided what Target Agriculture needed to become the success that it is today.
Long known as “The Land of Smiles,” the Kingdom of Thailand hosts a vibrant and storied culture, rich in hundreds of years of art and history, long stretches of beautiful white-sand beaches, steep mountains, and dense, impenetrable jungles.
Millions of tourists arrive each year, to enjoy the experiences that Thailand offers. But for millions of Thais, it is Agriculture that defines Thailand. Proudly styled as “The Kitchen of the World,” Thailand’s farmers grow an incredible assortment of grains, fruits, and vegetables.
Dr. Thomas Gerbracht, the founder of Target Agriculture first visited Thailand in 2005, and realized the potential in Thailand’s still fledgling organic farms. Only a few months later, he opened the Thailand office to export organic processed fruit products, and develop organic projects within the country.
Vietnam, a one-party Communist state, has one of south-east Asia's fastest-growing economies and has set its sights on becoming a developed nation by 2020.
Following three decades of bitter wars, in which the Communists fought first against the colonial power France, then against South Vietnam and its US backers. Vietnam became a unified country once more in 1975 when the armed forces of the North seized the south.
Today, Vietnam's largest city: Saigon, which has been renamed to Ho Chi Minh City is a fast developing, modern international city with a young generation that is embracing westernized cultural values. From this focal point, most infrastructure development projects are spreading towards the country side.
Travelling away from the city you find local farmers engaged in various traditional agricultural activities, growing rice, cashew, cassava, spices and coconut. Old canals, which connect most parts of the South in a water road system are still used as a primary means of transporting goods to the cities. There are still plenty of natural forests, where cashew cultivation is taking place and the cultivation of coconut is mainly done in the very fruitful Delta of the massive Mekong River.
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