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Zespri and Chilean ag ministry discuss Kiwifruit cooperation

A meeting was held last week between New Zealand kiwifruit marketer Zespri and the Chilean Agriculture Ministry, during which opportunities for cooperation were discussed. Zespri representatives travelled to Chile and met with the South American country’s Agriculture Minister Antonio Walker, local media El Mercurio [in Spanish] reported.…

HOW VULNERABLE IS THE $100+BN PROPERTY PORTAL INDUSTRY WORLDWIDE?

This is an article written for a New Zealand audience but the challenges and disruption that is causing some in their real estate industry to pause is also very applicable to the South American market which is very fragmented with a low level of transparency.  It was written by Alister Helm a licenced real estate salesperson and journalist. …

Combining Innovation With Sustainability In Latin America

Global Warming. Arguably the buzzword of the century. Preached by some, denied by others, it is the issue that is possibly going to define the legacy of our generation. A brief glance at some statistics tells enough of the story to hammer home what experts have been warning us about for decades. Since 2001, 17 of the 18 warmest years on…

Australia puts Roundup – Glyphosate under the spotlight – Maybe South America should too

Australia’s top-tier cancer body has called for an independent review of the world’s most well-known herbicide which has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. An active ingredient in the popular weed-killing product Roundup called glyphosate — a chemical that has not been reviewed in more than…

The escape of farmed salmon could cause a catastrophe in the Chile fish industry.

The fish that escaped were treated with antibiotics unfit for human consumption and could cause severe harm to allergic persons. The industry reported last year USD 4 billion of profits. It happened three months ago when 690,000 Atlantic Salmon escaped from the centre Punta Redonda of the Norwegian company Marine Harvest,…

Why is the Osorno region in CHILE home to so much dairy farming?

Why?  Well thanks to the high level of sanitary control, dairy cooperatives produce a milk of high quality. The Chilean dairy industry  benefits from a suitable climate (around 1200m pluswith moderate temperatures), particularly in the Southern half of the country (the regions of Los Lagos and Los Rios)  having around 75% of  the…

Are agricultural investment funds a bottomless basket?

Financially, we all remember the date: September 2008. The Sub-prime crisis and everything that’s happened in these 10 years. Global rates fell, the profitability of many businesses went down and various businesses ‘too big to fail‘ finally did also fall. But there was a common denominator in a particular sector. Where there were…

Warren Buffett prefers Farm Land to buying Gold. You should too.

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  Today the world’s gold stock is about 171,000 metric tons. If all of this gold were melded together, it would form a cube of about 68 feet per side. (Picture it fitting comfortably within a baseball infield.) At $1,198 USD per ounce — gold’s price as I write this — its value would be about $9.6 trillion.…

💰 NEW INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY, DAIRY FARMS IN CHILE

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Global demand for milk will increase by 36% over the next decade. Dairy farms should increase productivity. Tetra Pak – the world leader in packaging for the dairy industry – reveals in its Dairy Index for 2014 that, largely due to population growth, increased prosperity and increased urbanization in Africa, Asia and Latin America, demand…

Top 10 Factors Affecting a Estancia’s (large farm) Value

The valuation of an Estancia and finding the price per hectare is substantially different than other types of real estate. While residential and commercial real estate prices typically rely on data based upon numerous transactions within a defined market area that can be defined as “comparable sales,” most Estancia sales are not published…

CHILE LEGAL UPDATES

International trade and Customs National Customs Service issued Exempt Resolution No. 2852 The resolution modified the Compendium of Customs Rules in Chapters 2 and 3, and in Annexes 12 and 18. The foregoing, in order to incorporate rules on the Advanced Transfer Pricing Agreements. Decrees No. 8 and No. 52 of the Ministry of Finance were published in the Official Journal…

☀ South America Land Prices Review

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South America Land Prices Reviewed In the Central American and Andean countries, fertile farmland has never been very abundant, and some of those countries also have restrictions in place regarding larger land holdings by foreigners. Ie Argentina *, Brazil * and Uruguay. * Current policies under review for removal or change. Foreigners have bought large…

11 mistakes a new real estate sales person should avoid making

Anyone starting a new job is bound to make some mistakes along the way. Having said that there are some basic ones not to make. 1. Not choosing the best agency in the speciality you are interested in. Anxious to get their careers off the ground, many newbie agents often make the mistake of not choosing the best agency to work with. From…

Do wind turbines or solar panels add or subtract from a property value?

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With Solar and Wind Farms now becoming common around the world including South America it might be time to look at other countries experience regarding whether these projects add value to the land when it is sold. For South America, Australia has some compatible data. Solar panel arrays, wind turbines and telecommunications…

New Zealand Companies investing in South America

If the New Zealand agribusiness experience is anything to go by, Australian Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has good reason to be paying close attention to beefing up our farm trade prospects in South America. Mr Littleproud has been in Argentina and Brazil for the past week pushing for market access for Australian exports. The visit has included…