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Irrigated Farming in Bahia Brazil leading the way to Sustainable Farming

The outstanding performance of the Western Bahaian fields in the current crop year now coming to a close, registered with precision and accuracy in the edition of the Western Bahian Yearbook – 2009/10 Crop, was the final  touch to a period of impressive achievements. The first of which was the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Association of Bahian Farmers and Irrigators (Aiba). There is a lot to cheer about. It is not just a matter of feeling proud of the survival of an association, among so…

Brazil to lead world in biotech crops

Brazil is on course to dislodge the United States as the world’s top producer of biotech crops in the coming years, a leading promoter of farm biotechnology said Tuesday. The US currently holds the lead with 69 million hectares (170 million acres) under biocrop cultivation in 2011, ahead of Brazil with 30.3 million, Argentina with 23.7 million and India with 10.6 million, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) said. But USAAA, a government-funded international body…

Brazil expects to export large amounts of banana

Brazil expects to export large amounts of banana Minas Gerais banana production in 2012 is around 657 thousand tons, according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistic (IBGE). According to the Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Supplies (SEAPA), a raise of 1% on the previous season is the estimation, after a series of small yearly advances in production. Now producers in the State can count on a new aid to invest in activities, since it’s planned for the second part of the year, the…

South America is voted by International Living Magazine as one of the best places to retire

Each year International Living produces a list that in their opinion reflects the best countries in the world to retire to. Interestingly in 2009 seven of the top ten countries were in South America. I would suspect that unless they change the criteria over the next few years as Europe and the USA struggle to comes to grips with their debt issues, this trend will remain and may even strengthen. We are already seeing a lot of American and Europeans looking to live in Argentina and Uruguay. Unless people are…

Jim Rogers: Agriculture in my view is one of the best places to be in the Next 30 Years

Agriculture in my view is one of the best places to be in the Next 30 Years , I mean all these people getting MBAs are making (imperative?) mistake , they should get farming degrees …agriculture has been a disaster for the last thirty years , I think that the agricultural products are going to be one of the best investments over the next several years I think farming , agriculture is going to be one of the best industries in the world as i said all the people that have gotten MBBs have made a mistake…

Brazil: soya bonanza

Brazil: soya bonanza The spectre of some kind of a Chinese “landing” still haunts commodity producers. But in spite of the spooks, this has been a week of good news for producers of soya, Brazil’s third most important export. by Vincent Bevins @blogs.ft First, Latin America’s largest country more than doubled the volume of soya products it exported in the first quarter of 2012, increasing revenues by 99 per cent to $3.2bn. The early sales from this year’s harvest are setting records. Second, Brazilian…

Brazil housing boom forcing switch to private market: Mortgages

Brazil’s five interest rate cuts and the use of 2.5 billion reais ($1.4 billion) of workers’ compensation funds to buy mortgage bonds are breathing life into the home loan market as the government seeks to address a shortage of 6.3 million homes. By Gabrielle Coppola and Nadja Brandt @Bloomberg The central bank’s plan to lower the benchmark lending rate this year to 9 percent would help drive investor demand for higher-yielding mortgage securities and increase the role of the private market, according…

New Zealanders invest in South America

By ROD ORAM – Sunday Star Times | Milking greener pastures #adp02 Faced with high land values and falling milk prices at home, a growing number of New Zealand dairy farmers are invest in South America, the United States, eastern Europe and Russia. They are attracted by rapidly expanding dairy sectors and potentially more profitable business models. By comparison, it gets tougher each season at home to increase production and profitability. These global trends were highlighted at the International Dairy…

Investor Heaven or Hell in Latin America ?

Investor stress levels seem to have diminished considerably over the past 12 months, according to a new poll of investor sentiment conducted at our 15th Annual Investor Conference held January 11-13 in Cancun, Mexico. Each year, we survey investor sentiment to see how attitudes have changed over the course of the previous year. In this survey, fewer investors agreed that it will be tougher to make money in the year ahead compared with last year (35%, against 60% in January 2010), and their level of risk aversion…

Brazil announced an ambitious plan to generate investment and boost GDP

Brazil announced an ambitious plan to generate investment and boost GDP Brazil’s Finance Minister Guido Mantega unveiled new measures to help ailing industries as Latin America’s biggest economy struggles to regain momentum amid a global slowdown. Mantega said the government will slash payroll taxes, stimulate local industry with government purchases, and provide better financing for exporters. Together the tax cuts total 5.8 billion reais ($3.2 billion) in lost revenue for the government. The government…

Investors in Brazil feel tied on land issue

When Simon Veldt’s father and his fellow Dutch immigrant farmers set up the Holambra II co-operative near Paranapanema in southeastern Brazil, the area was known as “Hunger Valley”. The co-operative, launched in the 1960s, built irrigation systems, introduced agricultural techniques and invested in equipment, changing the face of a district that had been populated by poor farmers subsisting on a few cattle and some corn and beans. “There was no electricity, there was nothing,” says Mr Veldt, president…

China and the Inter-American Development Bank launch $1 bln Latam investment fund

China and the Inter-American Development Bank said on Monday they are starting a $1 billion fund to invest in Latin America, though the Asian giant’s latest push to expand its influence in the region prompted words of caution from Brazil. To feed its fast-growing economy’s voracious appetite for raw materials, China has invested tens of billions of dollars in the region, from Mexico to Argentina, over the last decade to acquire strategic assets or companies in sectors such as oil, minerals and food…

Mubadala Development to invest $2bn in Brazilian group

Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Development will invest $2 billion in the Brazilian business group EBX founded by Eike Batista as part of a strategic partnership. Under the terms of the agreement Mubadala will make the investment in exchange for a 5.63 per cent preferred equity interest in Centennial Asset Brazilian Equity Fund and other offshore holding companies of Batista. The proceeds of Mubadala’s investment will be used to reinforce the group’s already strong capital structure so as to help fund new enterprises…

Brazil aims to reduce business taxes

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has pledged to reduce business taxes on local businesses to help them invest and compete in a world awash with cheap money that is hurting Brazil’s economy, Veja magazine reported on Saturday. Speaking after a meeting with industry leaders, Ms Rousseff told the weekly magazine in an interview on Thursday that the way out of Brazil’s struggle with inflation and slow growth was lower taxes to spur private investment. “Today … I met with some of the most important…

Brazil to be fifth largest economy by 2015

And on it marches, towards prosperity and power, Brazil, the modern-day phenomena. Towards the end of last year, it was revealed that the South American country was on the precipice of overtaking the UK and establishing itself as the world’s sixth largest economy. It happened. It is the case. But, not satisfied with that breakthrough, Brazil is now expected to enter the nimbus territory of the top five, the in-circle, where it’ll be one of the select crew. Except it won’t just be one of the…
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