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China to invest billions in South American farmland improvements

The Chinese government plans to invest more than 100 billion yuan (15 billion U.S. dollars) over the next five years to improve farmland for the nation’s food security, according to the Ministry of Land and Resources (MOLAR). The investment aims to improve about 4 million hectares of land and replenish an additional 670,000 hectares of arable land in its major grain producers — Hebei, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Jiangsu, Anhui, Jiangxi, Shandong, Hubei provinces and Inner Mongolia and Guangxi autonomous…

Blueberry production growing consistently in Chile

The blueberry harvest in the north of Chile has ended, the central regions are nearing an end and shipping is in full swing, meanwhile in the south of the country ( around Osorno ) the harvest is just beginning. Andrés Armstong of the Chilean Blueberry Commitee said that volumes had been considerably higher compared to last season, and very close to their predictions. “We need to remember that last season was very late so when we compare volumes with this season the difference is huge. Up to week 52…

The Conference industry shows Latin America as the most growing region, and Argentina as the country with the biggest growth

Yearly, Argentina is chosen to host conferences, conventions, trade shows, festivals, incentive trips and sports events in its 36 meeting destinations, each of them with its own industries, first-class infrastructure and diverse landscapes. ICCA (International Congress & Convention Association) showed the development of Latin America in the meeting industry as the most growing emergent region and, clearly, Argentina is the country that showed the biggest growth. In fact, before 2008, Argentina was positioned…

Photos and Video of the Patagonia Volcano including damage on the Argentine side

Patagonia Volcano Damage, a set on Flickr. Volcanic Ash causes Patagonian Sheep Farmers to Fear Disaster While air passengers from Argentina to Australia still suffer travel misery from Chile’s volcanic ash cloud, Patagonian farmers have a far graver problem of what to do with 1.5 million sheep with little of no feed to eat. Since the Puyehue volcano erupted June 4 2011, thousands of tons of ash and volcanic debris, which quickly turns to sludge, has rained down on pastures in the southern Argentine…

Brazil’s agriculture hits record values

Brazil’s agriculture hits record values By Paul Kiernan @Dow Jones Newswires     The gross value of Brazil’s top 20 crops is expected to rise 10% this year from 2010 to a record 199 billion reais ($125.9 billion), the Agricultural Ministry said Tuesday.   Higher global prices for foods and increased agricultural output in Brazil are responsible for the expected growth, which will push the aggregate value of the country’s main crops above 2008 levels, the ministry said in a press…

Adecoagro to build new sugarcane mill in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil

  Adecoagro S.A. (NYSE: AGRO), a leading agricultural company in South America, announced today that on June 27, 2011, it obtained the necessary environmental license to start the construction and assembly of the Ivinhema mill in the State of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.   Adecoagro is a leading agricultural company in South America. Adecoagro owns over 283 thousand hectares of farmland and several industrial facilities spread across the most productive regions of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, where…