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Large Chilean blueberry arrivals in U.S. is putting pressure on prices

With the Chilean blueberry season now in full swing, recent weeks have seen price pressure in the U.S. market amid heavy volumes as well as some quality issues with fruit on arrival, according to exporters. “It has been a season within the range of what one would have expected, both in terms of the good things and the bad,” said Raul Dastres, president of Valle Maule. While widespread hailstorms in mid-November had some impacts on the country’s production, Dastres says that the volumes of his company…

The Impact of Blockchain Technology on the Surveying Industry, Cadastre and Land Registry Systems

THE IMPACT OF BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY ON THE SURVEYING INDUSTRY, CADASTRE & LAND REGISTRY SYSTEMS … blockchain technology and land surveying – may seem unlikely partners at first. However, this new and exciting technology creates a cooperative and synergistic environment in which all information, data, and images from a surveying project can be gathered in a reliable, confident and immutable way. OUTLINE I. Introduction to Blockchain Technology II. Overview of the Surveying Industry III. Surveying…

The amazing success of Chilean Cherry Exports

“I began to do cherries because it was difficult,” says Hernán Garcés. The small sweet fruit is easily damaged by rain, hail or rough handling. They must be harvested by hand and processed individually. But the effort has paid off. Mr Garcés, now known as the “father of Chilean cherries”, has just guided the head of China’s customs agency round his firm’s plant, an hour’s drive south of Santiago. Thanks to China’s appetite for cherries, Garces Fruit has become the world’s biggest producer…

Chile’s Colorful Agriculture of the South

For many years the Araucanía region of Southern Chile has been characterized as the breadbasket of Chile due to the cultivation of cereals and industrial crops typical of the area. Rape oilseed is a plant that, when in Bloom, dazzles by its yellow color. It is a crop that has been strengthened and whose demand is increasing, due to the recovery of the salmon industry and the incorporation of canola oil in the daily feeding of people. The current challenge of improving competitiveness leads to the incorporation…

GTSA Social Media Real Estate Marketing – How well are we doing ?

Disruption to traditional Real Estate Marketing Over the past five years, the way real estate is presented to clients has changed dramatically right around the world. In the past, you could put an advertisement in the local newspaper and expect the phone to ring. Property sold. Now that we have a global market place and so much immigration and migration between previously unconnected countries and locations, we have a new challenge. How to reach the attention of busy, stressed people, looking for a…

Climate Changes starts to bite in the nut industries

The influence of climate and weather on human societies is already apparent to the world ’s rural populations: inclement weather can result in failed harvests, higher food prices, unrest, and unrest leading to revolutions. Syria being a good example The increasing effect of climate change should be a warning to all agricultural investors and this is doubly true for climate-sensitive tree-crops, most notably almonds which are considered the cannery in the coal mine. Almond trees: fragile flowers Almonds are…

High-Value Property Marketing “The case for pre sale offers”

There are many different methods available for the marketing and sale of specialised high-value properties in addition to the traditional real estate listing arrangements of auction and tender type formats. There are of course advantages, disadvantages and tradeoffs associated with every marketing approach; and the best strategy for the marketing and sale of a specific property will vary based upon the ownership objectives and the particular property. One approach, which can be the optimal method in certain…

Spotlight: Global Farmland Index 2018

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Measuring the opportunities of farmland investment across the world SUMMARY ■ Our Global Farmland index recorded an average annualised growth of 13.3% since 2002 and 2% over the past five years. ■ Although pressure on commodity prices has slowed growth in values in recent years, the long term fundamentals of farmland ownership still apply with increased food production and competitive land use driving demand. ■ Our Opportunity v Risk Matrix tool considers these relative opportunities and risks of farmland…

The Vestey Meat Empire in South America

The Vestey Brothers were once the largest meat retailers in the world The company once controlled one-third of the refrigerated storage capacity in Britain and two-thirds of multiple butchers shops. It accounted for 20 percent of all meat imported into Britain. Origins and early growth William Vestey (1859 – 1940) and Edmund Hoyle Vestey (1866 – 1954) were born to Samuel Vestey, a Liverpool provisions merchant. William Vestey William Vestey was sent to Chicago to scout for opportunities in 1876. He was…

Sebastián Piñera tries to put Chile back on track

A former president returns, with reforms on his mind In his first term in the Moneda palace between 2010 and 2014, Sebastián Piñera, a billionaire businessman of the center-right, oversaw rapid economic growth but failed to inspire popular affection due to a lack of charisma. After an interlude in which Chile swung left under Michelle Bachelet, Piñera has been back as president since March. Second terms often disappoint—Bachelet’s did—but Piñera says he has learned from experience. “There’s no…

Artificial Intelligence is replacing conventional Real Estate auctions

Artificial Intelligence auctions gain momentum as the first English commercial property is sold by gAbi, the clicktopurchase® AI auctioneer In October, the world of property auctioning witnessed a significant development, with the first property sale being concluded by an Artificial Intelligence auctioneer. The property in question was a house in Sweeney’s Terrace, Dublin, being sold by Allen & Jacobs. Offered at a guide of €250,000 (~£225,537), the property sold by way of a clicktopurchase® auction,…

The evolution and the future of organic fruit in Chile

Without a doubt, Chile’s growth in organic fruit every day grows stronger: the increase in exports, the increase in the area planted, and the diversification of products. The journey to get to this point, however, has not been easy and much remains to be done. Olmué Fruit is dedicated to the cultivation and production of organics since the year 1994, when Max Hassler, founder and shareholder of this company began to freeze raspberries and blackberries grown organically in a plant in Curicó. Then a few…

Chilean dairy farmers threaten to break away from New Zealand owned Fonterra Milk Company

Disgruntled Chilean dairy farmers have threatened to stop supplying Fonterra because they say they are being underpaid for their milk. The dairy giant has a 86 percent ownership stake of processing company Prolesur, but some small farmers in southern Chile who supply it are unhappy with their treatment. New Zealand dairy consultant Mike McBeath, who is chairman of Chilean company Chilterra, said it was looking to combine with about 200 farmers to create a rival co-operative. In the last nine years, the Soprole/Prolesur…

New Zealand continues to reject the worlds trends for milk production

The New Zealand model of milk production, based on grazing grass in open fields, is very seasonal and goes against the global trend of grain feeding The New Zealand milk production model was developed on the basis of its competitive advantages that this region provides. Rains are concentrated in cold winters and where the soils have an abundant layer of organic matter to ensure available forage (natural pastures and improved pastures) during spring and summer. In recent years new areas with poor soils…

GTSA – Activity Update for November 2018

GTSA REGIONAL UPDATE Here is a short update on what’s happening in our region over the past few months. Argentina: Residential – Buenos Aires The Buenos Aires local residential market has slowed due to the Peso devaluation, poor financing options, and very high inflation. However, there has been a very high influx of tourists, some of which are turning into residential buyers due to the low prices. Farm Market: The farm market is still suffering from a lack of profitability in some sectors and as…