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Argentina’s worst drought in 50 years has crushed the country’s cash flow

The economic activity in April fell 0.9% annualised and 2.7% in March, but with a production drop of 30% in agriculture and livestock. It is thought the degree of the drop could reflect the beginning of a short-term recession. The worst drought in 50 years struck negatively with economic activity in April, which fell 0.9%…

Argentina’s Olive Oil Production Expected to Double By 2020

Industry analysts have announced that olive oil is now the country’s fastest-growing agricultural commodity and expect production to double in size by 2020, according to the Agri-Food and Agribusiness Strategic Plan of Argentina’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. Rapid growth and improved technology in recent years…

Argentina to receive more Chinese investments this year

By China Daily | July 2011 More Chinese investments are expected to flow to Argentina this year as the two governments signed several economic cooperation agreements this week, Luis Kreckler, Argentine secretary of trade and international economic relations, said on Wednesday. The agreements cover sectors including agriculture, energy, transportation…

China to invest billions in South American farmland improvements

The Chinese government plans to invest more than 100 billion yuan (15 billion U.S. dollars) over the next five years to improve farmland for the nation’s food security, according to the Ministry of Land and Resources (MOLAR). The investment aims to improve about 4 million hectares of land and replenish an additional 670,000…

China’s largest farming company and Argentina’s Cresud SA linked a joint venture to buy South American farmland

China’s largest farming company, Heilongjiang Beidahuang Nongken Group, inked a joint venture with Argentina’s Cresud SA to buy land and farm soybeans. Cresud is one of Argentina’s top agriculture firms with control over more than 1 million hectares (2.47 million acres)…

The South American agricultural landscape

June 2011 | by Simon Adamson       An arable crop of over a quarter of a billion tonnes is hard to imagine, but that’s what Argentina and Brazil are harvesting right now. Favorable weather, yields and prices have made many South American farmers winners again this season, but it also means shifting goalposts for agribusiness. Prices for…

Top 10 hedge funds business horizons

  The top 10 hedge funds made $28bn for clients in the second half of last year, $2bn more than the net profits of Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, Barclays and HSBC combined, according to new data.   Even the biggest of the hedge funds have only a few hundred employees, while the six banks employ 1m between them. According to the…

Argentine group El Tejar became the biggest soy farmer in Mato Grosso´s region

Argentina-based Ag company El Tejar harvested approximately 680,000 metric tons (25 million bushels) of soybeans in Mato Grosso -Brazil’s main producing state- during the 2010-11 season, ending the decade-long reign of Erai Maggi, whose Bom Futuro group produced 576,000 tons (21 million bushels), according…