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Are there no rights beyond survival in the world ?

The incessant clamor for rights and fairness no longer reaches just across society but winds back through world history. Past wrongs, too, must be put right. The appeals are invariably emotional. There is no analysis of the nature of the rights being asserted, the principle of fairness being established or who it is, that is responsible to put matters right. It’s enough just to make the claim. We live in an era when it seems the more rights the better and the more ways we can claim fairness the more civilised…

Is Socialism the Answer for South America Social Inequality ?

Socialism is entirely an emotional response to the world’s problems. Its great virtue is that it requires no thought. It is only the need to feel. There’s also no need to do anything. That’s the government’s job of course. Under socialism, the government owns the monopoly on doing stuff. Fixing things is not for individuals. That’s because only government has the necessary power and resources to put things right. Of course, socialism runs hard up against government having never fixed anything but…

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…

10 property tips when buying

My thoughts from 30 yrs in the real estate industry. Tip 1: Contact your broker, don’t wait for them to contact you – Good properties always sell even in a tough market. Your ability to buy the best properties that tick all of your boxes comes down to the relationships you have with the local brokers, so take the lead and make sure they always think of you first when they become aware of that perfect property. Tip 2: Buy when you can afford to buy – You will never get (1) High growth, (2)…

Osorno Chile – A Center for Agricultural and Pastoral Farming

Osorno Chile – The Center for Agricultural and Pastoral Farming Osorno Chile is most of the most popular regions for pastoral and cropping farming in Chile that Gateway to South America-Chile specialises in. It is an important agricultural center, with agriculture making up the bulk of the Osorno province’s economic activity. Wheat and oats grow abundantly, but the land is also well-suited to the breeding of Chilean horses and cattle. Some of Chile’s finest beef products originate in the Osorno…

Economic Snapshot for Latin America – Nov 2018

Recovery stalls in the third quarter Incoming data suggests that the Latin American economy remained soft in the third quarter. Focus Economics estimates that regional GDP growth (excluding Venezuela) remained broadly unchanged, inching up from Q2’s 1.7% to 1.8% year-on-year. The second quarter’s result had marked the worst performance in one year as shocks in major-players Argentina and Brazil held back growth. Preliminary data revealed that growth was stable in Mexico in the third quarter. The…

The Chilean fruit season closes with a new record

Chile exported a total of 2,935 million kilos of fruit in the 2017/2018 fruit season, surpassing the last record of 2,840 million kilos achieved in the 2012/2013 season, reported Fedefruta based on a report released by IQonsulting. According to Gonzalo Salinas from IQonsulting, the 2017/2018 campaign presented particular variations, such as the historical exports of cherries, blueberries, nectarines, and plums. According to the executive of IQonsulting, even though exports were led by apples and table grapes…

Get South America Real Estate News on your phone with just one click

You can have a one-click connection to GTSA – News by simply downloading our icon on your phone.  We’ve created some simple videos to guide you through the process. Enjoy.  For iPhone users 1. Open Safari 2. Navigate to gtsanews.com 3. Tap the ‘Share’ button 4. Tap the ‘Add to Home Screen’ button 5. Give it a name and tap ‘ADD’ 6. Enjoy your new ‘app’. For Android users 1. Open Chrome 2. Navigate to gtsanews.com 3. Tap the menu with three vertical…

Agro-Chile: Viticulture an evolution in time

Three years ago a Chilean Viticulturist Italo Schiappacasse started with a spare area using his many grape varieties to test out the open gable growing system. He has been attentive to the demands of the overseas markets and better still, he now has them at his fingertips. Difficult. This is how last seasons table grapes have been described; a situation that generated the need for change. Many have opted to incorporate new varieties which in some cases can fulfil the function of replacement and in others,…

China must invest in Latin America for food security

China must invest overseas to ensure its food security, said speakers at the recent Asian Financial Forum. “China and India have to open to global markets like Australia, Africa, and Latin America, and invest in these countries’ agricultural production for food security,” said Fan Shenggen, the director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute. By 2020, China would need to import 100 million tonnes of grain each year, Fan said. Last year, it imported three million tonnes…

New Zealand Dairy Farm in Chile milks 26,000 cows per day

The Manuka Board. Manuka S.A. was founded by New Zealand shareholders and started operating in Chile in 2005. The expertise of these farming families has given Manuka a legacy of knowledge, experience, and innovation, as well as a vision for the enormous potential of dairy production in the southern regions of Chile. Manuka a company that milks about 26,000 cows on 22,600ha of which 9,000 hectares is dedicated purely to dairy production. The most extensive of these farms is the Hacienda Coihueco near Osorno,…

Paraguay, Peru and Chile star economies of 2018 and 2019: report

By 2019, the highest growth in the region is projected for the economy of Paraguay, with 4.3%, followed by Peru (3.9%) and Chile (3.7%), according to a report by BBVA Research. In Argentina, a “significant” recession is anticipated. The Latin American economy will grow 0.9% on average this year due to the weak performance of countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Uruguay, with which the expected recovery of the region will be postponed until 2019, the report said. The new projection of the Spanish…

Chile replaces Mexico as China’s largest supplier of avocados

“From 2016 to 2017, Chile exported more than 13,000 tons of avocados to the Chinese market, replacing Mexico as the largest supplier of avocado to China,” said the commercial advisor of the Chilean embassy in China, Andreas Pierotic. “We already have the government’s permission to promote the avocado in China. Our country’s fruits have a good quality and we have a very advanced preservation technology, which is why Chilean fruits have gained so much popularity among Chinese consumers,”…

Chile’s economic success was no accident

The World Bank and IMF believe that Chile’s economic success is, in large part, due to the neo-liberal, export-oriented policies adopted by the military government back in 1973 and pursued to the present. These are policies based on the underlying principle of free trade and comparative advantage, which underpin the rationale of the GATT and the international trading system. CHILE’S  ECONOMIC MIRACLE  For the European visitor, the area around Chile’s capital city is reminiscent of the southern…

Chile’s drive to reinvigorate the agricultural co-operative economy continues

‘We have a very demanding international market in terms of volume and quality, and for that small farmers have to unite in co-operatives’ Chile’s agriculture minister Antonio Walker has announced a meeting of Congress in October to explore “the best legislation to reinvigorate modern co-operatives in Chile”. Speaking at a special session on co-operatives, organised by the senator of the Los Ríos region, Alfonso de Urresti, the minister said: “Co-operatives represent the most important…