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SOUTH AMERICA’S UNLIKELY NEW ECONOMIC HOPE: PARAGUAY

Paraguay is emerging as a little-recognized beacon of economic success in South America.  It would have been all too easy for foreigners visiting Paraguay at the turn of the 21st century to dismiss the landlocked country as little more than a languid backwater — scarred by a history of war, dictatorship and corruption, and with dim prospects. If they were to return now, they would hardly recognize the place. Gleaming skyscrapers have sprouted up across the capital, Asunción, over the past decade, a…

Paraguay is a strong stable economy offering excellent opportunities in agriculture and pastoral farming

Paraguay is a fertile land of exuberant natural beauty in the central region of the continent of South America. Almost as big as California, this landlocked country (tells us that supply is limited) is located between Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia. However, it only has about 6 -7 million inhabitants, who are concentrated almost entirely in the three largest cities in the country in the north. Due to its central location, the country has been commonly referred to as the Heart of America. During the last 50 years,…

The dirty secrets property syndicate managers don’t want you to know!

Property Syndicates have become popular worldwide, but they are not all equal. Each has a defined proposal and time frame (or should have). Here is an Australian analysis showing what to watch out for. I hope to enlighten potential investors about the tricks used by property syndicate managers to ‘window dress’ their performance. Some of these tricks can be backed out, and where possible, I have provided the math below. Before we begin, let’s define and recap the role of Index Funds ( REIT). Index Funds…

Investing in agriculture for 2023

Hardy investors are seeking new ways to grow their money. IN THE next 40 years, humans will need to produce more food than they did in the previous 10,000 put together. But with sprawling cities gobbling up arable land, agricultural productivity gains decreasing, and demand for biofuels increasing, supply is not keeping up with demand. Clever farmers, scientists and entrepreneurs are bursting with ideas. But they need money to make this jump. Financiers more often found buying and selling companies have cottoned…

Available Farm Investments in Paraguay

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GTSA Paraguay Farm Investments Gateway to South America offers investors the opportunity to acquire undeveloped, virgin farms in Paraguay’s most sought-after location. The Alto Chaco Region. These fields are characterised by scrub forests and fairly dense hardwood timbers. They have abundant water, numerous rivers and streams, low surface groundwater, and springs. The soils have been sampled and provide excellent crop and /or cattle grazing potential. Paraguay, one of the smallest countries in South America,…

Paraguay has potential for more rice production

Although the growth in rice production has been substantial, it is still only 10% of what can be expected in the near future.  Eventually, over 1 million hectares could be planted. Paraguay has an unlimited water source, mainly from the Paraguay River, with enough water to secure a massive increase in grain production. Paraguay is expected to show a large expansion of its sowing area within the next five years as almost one-fifth of the country’s total surface has proven to be suitable for agriculture…

The future of food in South America

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The future of food in South America is uncertain because high-quality food will be grown anywhere in the world with the lowest input cost. The leadership of agriculture and food exports in South America is an achievement of generations and now yields its best harvest. This continent has a most conducive climate for producing high-quality food, as well as exceptional soils, thanks to the volcanic ash of the Andes, accumulated over millennia. All these factors, coupled with hard work, the application of research…

Paraguay: has specialised agriculture options in each of its farming regions

A preliminary mapping of this country of opportunities shows a diverse and rich productive structure with cattle ranching as a fundamental pillar of the flourishing Paraguayan economy. In fact, Paraguay offers a variety of productive bets in each of its regions: the west, where most of the agricultural holdings are located and the majority of the rural population also, and the Chaco, which comprises 60% of the total territory of the country and has 2% of the total population of the country (this is where a…

Cattle ranching in Paraguay: an investor’s perspective

Our aim here is to give potential investors an inside perspective on cattle ranching in Paraguay. In the next 50 years, a growing world population, rising affluence and urbanization will drive a significant demand and growth for livestock products. South America has long been a specialized beef sector, with 31% of global production, but there are still large undeveloped areas with cattle-raising potential. Most notably, the Chaco region in Paraguay offers opportunities for added value investment through transforming…

Ranking: The five cities with the most expensive real estate in Argentina

It is historical, the properties located in the city of Buenos Aires are the most expensive in the country. Without going any further, according to the latest Index from the Zonaprop portal, in November, the average price of an apartment was US$2,562/m². However, the purchase price of real estate in some cities in the interior of the country is not far behind either. Based on a private survey by Zonaprop, which LA NACION was able to access, in which the cities that have -at least- between 400 and 1,300 properties…

The Mennonites helped turn Paraguay into a mega beef producer – indigenous people may pay the price

The “new Panama Canal” – that’s how some are hailing a highway now under construction in South America that spans the continent, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The Bi-Oceanic Corridor cuts through the Paraguayan Chaco, Latin America’s second-largest forest after the Amazon – and, these days, a hub of cattle ranching and soybean farming. The Chaco – once a flat, scrubby and supposedly inhospitable forest – was transformed into a fertile agricultural…

In 2021 Paraguay’s economy bloomed but 2022 looks even better

Paraguay’s economy will close in 2021 with a growth of around 5% and good prospects for 2022, Finance Minister Oscar Llamosas announced in a radio interview. He explained there was a 15% growth in tax collection, an improvement in economic activity and a decrease in the initial forecast of the fiscal deficit. Regarding the fiscal deficit reduction, Llamosas recalled that the initial estimate was 4% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), after measures taken during the coronavirus pandemic. Currently, the…

5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Paraguay

Many investors are unaware of the strong returns on offer when you invest in Paraguay — one of Latin America’s most stable markets with a recent history of consistent growth. That includes an almost five-fold increase in the gross domestic product (GDP) between 2002 and 2020 — even despite a recent minor decline exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking in September, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) President Mauricio Claver-Carone labelled Paraguay one of the best countries in Latin America…

Paraguay wheat harvest reaches around 900,000 tonnes

With more than 95 per cent of the national wheat crop for the 2021 season, a production volume of close to 900,000 tonnes can be advanced, Mohan Kohli reported. Advisor to the Paraguayan Chamber of Exporters and Commercializers of Cereals and Oilseeds (CAPECO) with the National Plan for the Improvement of Wheat. This volume will satisfy the demand of the domestic industries, which is in the order of 700,000 tonnes leaving an exportable supply of 200,000 tonnes, which months ago was not thought possible. The…

Paraguayan Chaco: the next frontier in global institutional agricultural investment

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“If you have not explored the institutional opportunity set in Paraguayan agriculture already, you should,” is no longer a bold statement. Paraguay, often mistaken as a province of much smaller Uruguay, is nestled, erstwhile swallowed, between the two agricultural giants Brazil and Argentina. It has been a consistent beacon of macro and regulatory stability in a broader region marked by political swings-and-roundabouts. Importantly, as further distinctions from its neighbors and most contemporary global…
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