Retail eCommerce sales near USD $ 50 Billion in Latin America

Retail eCommerce sales in Latin America are growing at a rapid pace, according to eMarketer estimates. Based on the latest figures for total and digital retail around the world, eCommerce sales in the region will reach nearly USD$50 billion this year, an increase of 23.9%. Nearly USD $20 billion in sales will come from Brazil alone, where eCommerce also makes up a greater share of the total retail market than elsewhere in the region (a still tiny 2.8%). Mexico is in a distant second, with USD $5.70 billion…

Argentina’s middle class has doubled in ten years

Argentina is the Latin American country where the Argentina’s middle class has grown the most in ten years, doubling in size, according to a report released by the Pew Research Center in the United States. The study shows progress in the region has slowed down since 2010 as a result of the fall in economic growth and export prices. Some countries, however, managed to sail with the tide with Argentina’s middle class going from 15 percent of the total population in 2001 to 32.5 percent in 2011, accounting…

IS ARGENTINE FARMLAND A BUY ?

Argentine farmland prices dropped to below 2010 prices in 2015 according to Argentine Chamber of Rural Real Estate  (CAIR). For farmers the current populist government lead by Christine Kirchner and now potentially lead by her dauphin Daniel Scioli has been an unmitigated disaster of historic proportions not only for the middle class but for those effected by the increased poverty levels throughout the country. This last decade has be characterized by two defaults ( Argentina is still in default from the second…

The search for vegetable proteins

All the world’s inhabitants are eating increasing amounts of animal proteins, including meat. Animals need vegetable proteins in their feed in order to produce that meat. Can the supply of proteins for animal feed keep up with demand in the next ten years? Clara van der Elst, analyst at Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research, has been studying this essential question for the food supply. If there are no vegetable proteins for animals, there will be no meat, no eggs, no fish and no milk for people. Just…

La Moraleja: Industrial Lemon Production in Salta, Argentina

La Moraleja is the world largest irrigated drip feed Lemon Production farm showing the most striking power of man over nature to generate food and jobs and generate good profits at the same time. Where there was Salteño Forest previously today there are 3000 hectares of lemons watered by drip feed, with a processing factory that by industrialization exports 90% its products: lemon oil, concentrated juices and dehydrated peel. In addition they have 40 hectares of greenhouses producing tomatoes, peppers and…

What are the key Reasons investors should consider with Agri-Funds

Agri-Funds are an innovative and smart way to reap the benefits of agribusiness investments using an efficient, transparent and liquid investment vehicle. While agricultural commodities prices have been low during last year, the long-term growth story is still strong. As a matter of fact, short-term uncertainty could even create an attractive opportunity for investors in Agri-funds right now.  Here’s how the business works; The business model for Agri-Funds is actually quite simple and straightforward.…

Argentina’s 2015 soybean harvest to be comfortably above 60m tons

Record Argentine Soybean Harvest in the making Surprisingly, despite adverse weather conditions earlier in many regions it is now certain that with over 90% of the soybean crop harvested, (approximately 17.2 million hectares), the total 2014/15 crop will be over 60 million tons. This has just been reported by the Argentine Cereals Chamber. “To date the average yield stands at 3.300 kilos per hectare, we can thus estimate the current total harvest at 57.4 million tons”, they said. The areas with the highest…

Drones in South America Agriculture

Drones in South America Agriculture: Now that Agricultural Drones are becoming more widespread I thought we would do a promo on one of the most advanced UK models available in the market today. About QuestUAV QuestUAV Ltd is a UK based manufacturer of small, fixed wing unmanned aircraft ( sUAV ) that are designed to carry sensors such as high resolution cameras, infra red cameras, thermal cameras, multispectral cameras and video surveillance cameras. Our drones / aircraft / UAV are also referred to as RPA (Remotely…

Is Argentina’s economy pulling a tango turnaround?

Its economy is projected to show little or negative growth this year. Argentina is still indebted to American hedge funds, affectionately known as “vultures” in the country. And it remains the poster child of nations that default on their loans. But there’s new optimism in Argentina, mainly driven by presidential elections coming later this year. Its stock market is rallying and investors are buying the countries’ debt (amazing news, considering the country is mired in recession and…

The Mercosur becomes less important to Argentine Trade

Argentina “beggar thy neighbour” trade policies continue to damage the Mercosur Increase reflects administration’s efforts to boost ties with Asian giant as Mercosur trade drops. Exports to China soared in the first quarter of the year, compared to the same period last year, rising by almost 50 percent to US$384 million. President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s government has been making a concerted effort to increase ties with the Asian giant and that appears to have paid off in the first…

Brazil, Peru and China building a Bi-Oceanic Rail corridor

Brazil, Peru and China building a Bi-Oceanic Rail corridor The project of a trans-continental railway, Atlantic to Pacific, using Chinese finance is not a new one. Argentina, Brazil and Chile had also tried to make such a plan work some years ago. However now it seems a new player Peru is at the forefront of a new plan. Along with Brazil using Chinese finance they are moving forward on a transcontinental railway that will cut across the continent, climb the Andes and connect port cities in the Pacific and Atlantic…

Rules for setting up a new Business in Argentina

The Business Associations Law (No. 19550) establishes a wide range of business association forms. The forms most widely used by foreign investors are corporations (sociedades anónimas or SAs as regulated under Argentine law) and limited liability companies (sociedades de responsabilidad limitada or SRLs as regulated under Argentine law). In these cases, unlike branch offices, liability is limited to the amount invested in the business. Unlike local companies, before foreign companies can set up a company or…

GTSA – Activity Update for April 2015

GTSA UPDATE Here is a short update on what is happening in GTSA in the past month. Argentina: Residential – Buenos Aires The Buenos Aires residential market is starting to move again with sales up 23.6% in March. Prices are down on past years. Farm Market: The farm market is showing a little more optimism with the belief that with the current administration gone in the upcoming elections reason might prevail and with that profits will return. Despite the obstacles in front of investors to buy they are…

Agriculture in Argentina: Is the era of leases base on yield over ?

Agriculture in Argentina The article is dedicated to both tenants and owners. I intend to give another insight into the future of the current production model and show the need to reconsider agriculture in rented farms. Today the biggest problem is confronted by the system of agricultural producers under hire, mainly due to the low profitability of the same, today aggravated by the low prices (very low in wheat, low in maize and sorghum and relatively normal in soybeans) and the Excess rainfall. If we analyze…

Brazilian agribusiness push for reversal of foreign purchase bans

Brazilian farmers push for reversal of foreign purchase ban Be careful what you wish for… In what looks a sign of the extent of the reversal in agriculture’s fortunes, farmers in Brazil – which four years ago introduced restrictions on foreign ownership of farmland for fear of a wave of inward investment – are asking for the shackles to be loosened. The Sociedade Rural Brasileira (SRB), which represents large- and medium-scale farmers, has opened a legal battle to open up land purchases…
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