DEKALB Corn: Improving Lives in Indonesia

Monsanto has been selling products to Indonesian farmers for more than 30 years, beginning with the Roundup® herbicide business in 1976. Since then, the business has expanded to include DEKALB® hybrid corn varieties and vegetable seeds.

DEKALB in Indonesia

Indonesian farmers first planted DEKALB corn in 2005.

DEKALB provides Indonesia’s farmers with:

  • The highest-yielding conventional seeds on the market
  • Advanced seeds that are tolerant to certain diseases
  • The safest and most effective crop protection solutions

Indonesia is made up of 17,000 islands, and DEKALB corn is grown on 3 of them – Java, Sumatera and South Sulawesi.


The Indonesian Farmer

There are approximately 3 million corn farmers in Indonesia. Compared to the U.S., farm size is small and extremely scattered. Corn yields are low, primarily due to: farmers still planting non-hybrid seeds, poor infrastructures and a lack of fertilizer.

Other facts about Indonesia farmers:

  • On average, plants three crops per year
  • Farms .5 ha (1.2 ac) of rice and corn (or other crops) by hand or simple tools
  • On average, has a middle school level education
  • Farms in groups within a village

Indonesian farmers have a wide range of crop options, including their main crops – rice and corn.  However, almost any vegetable can be planted in the country. 

Top 5 Crops

Total Size (m Ha)



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Agriculture accounts for 16.6% of Indonesia’s GDP, with more than 45 million hectares of land under cultivation. Key crops include rice, corn, peanuts, soybeans, coffee and sugar. Corn is second only to rice in importance to the country, and as diets improve, demand for corn for both human consumption and animal feed is increasing at an annual rate of 10-15%.