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Geographical differences between Peru and its competitors give it an edge

Peru’s Advantage over other export competitors  Peru has a geographical advantage, in that they can grow many horticulture crops all year-round, meaning they can choose when to produce and sea freight produce ahead of its Southern Hemisphere competitors, giving them an advantage over the bigger players such as Chile and Argentina. “Peru can also go head to head with Chile in the main season. Chile has years of experience in exporting blueberries and is very good at it, but Peru is catching up. One…

Is the the USD doomed as a world reserve currency?

The United States has benefited enormously from being the Worlds Reserve Currency because much of the world still uses the dollar for international trade.  This is because foreign governments must hold in their foreign exchange reserves USD’s to settle international claims and intervene in foreign exchange markets. In addition to that many emerging market countries like Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Peru use USD dollars for capital goods. ie housing, commercial property, imported cars, commodities…

What makes Trumps America the world’s most competitive economy?

Any international economic index that finds America at the pinnacle of global success is sure to invite questions around whether such success can be attributed to the actions of any one leader or administration. To apply this question to the Global Competitiveness Report 2018, let’s first take a look at the facts. The first thing to note is that this is the first year that we have formally adopted a new methodology for measuring competitiveness. It’s a radical departure: around 66% of the indicators we…

Chile’s Epic Route of Parks is now open

In recent years, Chile has made huge progress in protecting its incredible natural beauty. Now the culmination of the conservation work has come in the form of the Route of Parks – or Ruta de los Parques – a 2800 km route that connects 17 national parks across the country. The route is an incredible hiking trail running all the way from Puerto Montt to Cape Horn. Three existing scenic routes have been used as part of the trail: the Southern Way, the End of the World Route and the Patagonian Channels.…

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. New Zealand and Chile are major rivals in the kiwifruit industry and have been at odds with each other for many years. “We committed to work toward achieving homologous…

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.  “It was 5 years; almost to the month that Trade Me made its ill-fated blunder. A very costly blunder, a blunder that continues to hold strong memories within the…

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 record have been registered. Carbon Dioxide levels are at their highest point in 650,000 years, at a quite astonishing 409 parts per million. The global sea level is growing…

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 two decades — Cancer Council is concerned. Roundup is the most widely used herbicide on the planet and is popular among domestic gardeners and farmers in Australia. It was patented by agrochemical…

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, located on Huar island, next to the city of Puerto Montt. The salmon fled after the 10 containment cages in which they were contained suffered severe structural damage due to the passage of…

How to buy a property in CHILE

Any individual or corporate body may acquire and possess real estate in Chile whether or not they are residents. However, there are some restrictions regarding land located near the boundaries of the country. Chile has strong legal protection for property rights, including secured investments in real property. All sale agreements should be notarized before registration. Failure to register a property transfer makes the contract void. The whole process of registering a property can be completed in around 20…

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 cattle and 600.000 hectares devoted to dairy production (80% of the country).* Key facts of the Chilean dairy industry Chile is involved in up to 5% of milk production in Latin…

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New Zealand owned Fonterra’s low milk payments to Chilean farmers spawn a breakaway co-op plan

Dairy farmers in southern Chile say Fonterra’s continuing underpayment for their milk has left them little choice but to build their own processing cooperative. The South American country’s second-biggest dairying operator, the part Kiwi-owned Chilterra company, and about 200 farming families were in advanced stages of planning the new cooperative, said chairman Mike McBeath, a Waikato dairying consultant and businessman. The next step was to raise US$10-12 million to build a processing plant. Chilterra…

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 real assets such, as agricultural land, the financial damage was a lower. On the other hand, the dilemma of world food supply continues. By 2050 the population will…

Will real estate agents be replaced by robots?

It’s no longer a question of whether but rather when the real estate industry will be disrupted. Our way of selling and buying houses remains a pain point. California-based investment advisor Ross Gerber summed up what lots of us think when he said, “The real estate industry desperately needs … a transparent, predictable and liquid market that not only captures supply and demand dynamics but allows for expeditious, low-cost and hassle-free transactions. Such a market would increase activity,…