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Paraguay enhances measures against FMD

Paraguay veterinary services concluded Monday midday the termination of 168 livestock mostly belonging to a farm where an outbreak of foot and mouth disease was confirmed 2 January in the county of San Pedro to the centre north of the country. According to the Animal health and food quality Service, Senacsa, 154 cattle from the “Nazareth” farm were sacrificed together with another nine and two hogs from neighbouring paddocks Livestock were terminated with the so called ‘sanitary rifle’, manned by the…

Argentina expands railroad network as economy grows

Argentina is expanding its railroad network to cope with increasing demands for its growing export sector plus expectations of a boost in transit trade from landlocked Paraguay and regional commerce. Swedish contractor Skanska is the latest international player in the expansion plans. Skanska said it will build a railway extension from the province of Neuquen to the Port of Bahia Blanca near Buenos Aires in a deal estimated at $134 million. Neuquen city is an important agricultural center irrigated by the Limay…

Brazil’s answer to destructive farming in Amazon

Never seen without his cowboy hat, Mauro Lucio listens to country music as he drives his pickup truck around Paragominas municipality in Brazil’s Amazonian cattle-raising state of Pará while recounting tales of a misspent youth on the rodeo circuit. But his droll nature belies his central role in a movement that could transform ranching in Brazil, the world’s largest beef exporter, and with it the global meat industry. He is proving that the Amazon can be one of the most productive areas in the world for…

Argentina limits farmland foreign ownership

Argentina has joined a handful of other big farming nations such as Brazil that have taken steps to limit foreign ownership of what their governments consider precious resources: farmland. By SHANE ROMIG Argentina is blessed with vast tracks of arable land that have allowed the South American nation to become the top global exporter of soymeal and soyoil, No. 2 in corn, and third in soybean exports. The abundance of land coupled with high prices for farm products has fueled a buying spree by U.S., Chinese and…

Saudi dairy giant Almarai buys Argentina farm operator to increase supplies

Almarai Co., Saudi Arabia’s largest food producer by market value, acquired Fondomonte SA, a company that owns and operates three farms in Argentina, for 312 million riyals ($83 million). #adp02 By Mourad Haroutunian The Riyadh-based company financed the transaction from its cashflow and Islamic banking facilities, Almarai said in a statement to the Saudi bourse today. Almarai is expanding its supply chain and access to feed for its dairy herd and poultry business, “in line with the Saudi government’s…

Danish Newspaper Article on Estancia Punta del Agua, San Juan Argentina

Danish Newspaper Article on Estancia Punta del Agua, San Juan Argentina Land Brug Savisen www.landbrugsavisen.dk Farm of 1,000,000 acres for sale more or less ( 375,640 ha ) By Morten L. Handrup Thursday 21st July 2011 15:28 ( Translated from Danish ) Three major rivers run through the area and with watering can in the fertile river valleys including sugarbeet, alfalfa and sunflowers. It is a huge property that has not been cultivated for 30 years. An area of 400,000 hectares in the northwestern part of Argentina…