On the road again....travelling south from Brasilia to the Goiania Region visiting farms along the way including a soy bean farm which also grows Brazilian Mahogany.
They have a large staff base who live and work on the farm. The workers' children walk to school, which is only 200m from the front gate and also on the property. We were treated to lunch beside their fish breeding ponds and fruit trees. These are grown to feed their staff and also as a donation to the old age home in the local town - a very generous owner. They use wood fires to dry their soya beans as gas is too expensive.
After this we went onto "Goias Verde" a property not far from Cristalina and were taken for a tour by William Marchio. He is pictured below with me as I taste the delights of brazilian produce. The corn is planted and harvested all year round.
This 22,000ha farm employs 1300 people and produces corn, sorghum, soya bean, tomotoes, guarva and also hosts a feedlot. All the waste from the crops goes into the 10,000 head feedlot which is completely undercover.
This crop of tomatoes covering 2200ha will be harvested mainly for sauce, although some will be hand picked for the domestic market. The countryside on the outskirts of the cities is quite scenic and intensly developed with numerous forms of agriculture. We have also visited a coffee farm, dairy and sugar cane factory, today is our third day of visiting farms and we still have two more before we depart Rio de Janeiro for Mexico City via Sao Paulo.
Catch up with you again soon, Rob