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Chilean Agro Businesses are very diverse

Chilean Agriculture Chile is a leading producer and exporter of some of the world’s finest fruits, berries, vegetables, fish, shellfish, poultry, meats, and, of course, its premium wines.  Chile is the world’s largest exporter of fresh grapes (29%), plums (23%), and fresh fish fillets (22%); second largest exporter of frozen pacific salmon (30%), avocados (16%), and other frozen fish (10%). Chile is the fifth largest exporter in the world of wine (5%) and frozen pork meat (5%). [Source: Chilean International…

Why buy farmland in Chile in 2022?

We have written before about why investments in agriculture seem like a no-brainer, given the fundamentals of supply and demand. Owning farmland can be comparable to owning physical gold, but it also gives you a good income. Thus you should buy as much of it as possible if the price is right. Farm soils in Chile are incredibly fertile, and the price is right.  Highly dairy farms or productive farmland run between USD 12,000 and USD 17,000 per hectare. By comparison, farmland in New Zealand can cost USD 22,000…

Foreign direct investment in Chile hit a record high in the first half of 2021 

The Chilean Central Bank has released a revised version of its preliminary figures, showing that FDI increased 66% compared to the first half of 2020 to reach US$13.7 billion. This is an all-time high for the January-June period and is 98% above the historic average (US$7 billion).   Foreign direct investment (FDI) is going through a particularly dynamic time in Chile. According to figures released by the Chilean Central Bank, which revise a prior report issued on August 9th, the cumulative net FDI inflow…

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…

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…

Chilean agriculture is expected to become part of the 10 largest food exporters in the world by 2020

Agriculture in Chile is a strategically important sector. The objective is to make Chile part of the 10 largest food exporters in the world by 2020. At the moment Chile is round about No: 20. From the beginning of this century food export increased by an average of 12% annually. Further processing and surplus values are central in the policy. Primary production is only a small part of the gross national product. Because of the closed-in position of the country sanitary provisions are second to none and these…

Chile as an agricultural investment destination

Even the relatively “dull and drab” parts of Chile are  beautiful from the outstanding Andes to the lakes and rivers below. I have been most of the worlds countries, including extended visits to Spain, France, Italy, England, Canada and the US, Australia and New Zealand, and have seen all the best spots in each, and I believe Chile to at least as  beautiful if not more so. Why Chile is so often neglected by tourists and expatriates compared to other countries is a mystery to me. Chile is a wonderful,…

Chile promotes renewable energy investment for agriculture

Chile is taking advantage of its outstanding natural resources (wind, hydro, biomass and geothermal) for renewable generation and the Chilean government is actively promoting NCRE development by supporting private initiatives. Last week the Chilean vice agriculture minister Alvaro Cruzat announced that Chile will develop non-conventional renewable energy for agriculture to sharpen the competitiveness of its forest-agriculture-livestock products. The initiative will be promoted with clear rules to facilitate…
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