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Blueberries from Chile to set new exports record

The latest Blueberries crop report shows the Chilean harvest beginning to progress as spring tilts toward summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Cool-weather conditions had early-season export numbers behind projections, but all signs now point to a robust harvest and export market, as the season ramps up. Peak production and export of Chilean blueberries takes place in December, January and February. According to the Chilean Blueberry Committee, production will continue to increase in future years, as Chile adds…

Chile targets tourism as third most important sector of the economy by 2020

Chile targets tourism as the third most important sector of the economy by 2021 The new campaign by Chile’s National Tourism Service (Sernatur) aims to make tourism the third largest sector of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 2020. The campaign was launched in Jan. 1, 2012. Tourism in Chile currently accounts for 5% of the GDP. The tourism industry has been built on Chile’s diversity of natural landscapes — from the moonscape deserts of Atacama to the fjords of the Patagonia —…

Unasur forecasts South America’s decade

  A new global order is emerging as a result of the world crisis and recession in developed countries and Latin America has a crucial role to play given its very satisfactory economic performance in recent years, said Unasur Secretary General Maria Emma Mejia. Meeting in Madrid for the tenth anniversary of the Spanish foreign affairs think-tank Royal Institute Elcano, Ms Mejia together with other world experts and politicians were invited to discuss the international crisis, the emergence of new powers…

Investment funds around the world seeking farmland in response to food price hikes

For decades, the world was often swimming in surplus food because farmers were so productive. But rising demand has caught up, and reserves have become so tight that global food markets are vulnerable to even minor shocks. Many analysts say that higher, more volatile prices may be here to stay. The new dynamic reflects in part the rising demand for commodities in developing countries such as China, India and Russia. By 2050, the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization projects that world food production will…

Chinese largest agricultural firm to buy farmland in Latin America

China’s largest agricultural enterprise, Heilongjiang Beidahuang Nongken Group, will acquire or lease 200,000 hectares of cropland in countries including Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Russia, The Philippines, Australia and Zimbabwe China, the world’s most populous country with 1.34 billion citizens, is experiencing an agricultural deficit that has spurred the authorities to seek access to crops outside its territory. In fact, according to somewhat dated statistics, less than 11 percent of Chinese territory…
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