Fifteen years ago Thomas Gerbracht and his young family from Germany visited Sri Lanka as tourists. then He was successful entrepreneur who owned business in Germany. The moment he set eyes on this beautiful paradise island, he fell in love with this country and its people.
He sold his business in Germany and bought an estate in Sri Lanka and started cultivating fruits, mainly pineapple, papaya, passion-fruit and coconut, without the use of agrochemicals in his estate. From humble beginnings, his Sri Lanka-based organic food business has today grown in to one of the biggest in Asia. His company, Target Agriculture Pvt. Ltd. is a $10-million-a-year company that employs more than 300 people and buys organic fruits from thousands of farmers throughout Sri Lanka and export them to Europe, US and other countries in Asia. He lives in his picturesque estate in Weligama and in the aftermath of the tsunami in 2004, helped his community in numerous ways.