Invest in agriculture and livestock in Argentina

Argentina currently offers very good opportunities to invest in agriculture and livestock.

As a result of the presidential elections of 2015, the newly elected government set forth a clear pro-business agenda. In December 2015, the new administration eliminated completely export duties applicable on meat and crops (except for soybeans, which were reduced) eliminated procedures requiring government authorizations to export aiming at the supply of the domestic market (ROE) and eliminated foreign exchange regulations that required exporters to exchange their export income in US dollars to the domestic currency at an official exchange rate significantly below the free market.

MonteClaro has identified several investment opportunities in livestock, crops, land for sale, land development and infrastructure in irrigation and logistics. Our family has been established in Argentina since the mid 18 th century. With our business we continue a tradition of several generations dedicated to public service and agriculture and livestock in the region. Read more about the Ramos Mejia family in Argentina.



Invest in agriculture in Argentina  

Argentina produces annually 55 MM tons of soybeans, 25 MM tn of corn, 10 MM tons of wheat, 5 MM tn of barley, 4.5 MM tn of sorghum, among traditional crops. The agriculture area is of 34 MM hectares of which 20 MM ha are devoted to soybeans and 27 MM ha are under no till systems, with potential for expansion. (2013 estimations).

In Argentina the winter crop season, including wheat and barley, is carried out during the winter (April to November). The coarse crops season is carried out during the summer (October to May) with traditional crops such as sorghum, sunflower, corn and soybeans. Crops are rotated according to farming good practices established by the management. Read more about our business approach and code of good farming practices.

Argentina is one of the world's leading exporters of soybeans, the world's largest exporter of biodiesel and regionally an important producer of ethanol.

Argentina has a significant comparative advantage for the quality of its soils, weather conditions, network of independent contractors and existing infrastructure and know-how of farmers.

"Exemptions on VAT are proposed for the first sale of agriculture products" by Juan Francisco Ramos Mejia. Ambito Financiero, 28/06/2006.

Invest in Livestock in Argentina  

Argentina has a cattle stock of 52 MM heads (21 MM cows) producing 2.9 MM tons of beef, of which the country currently exports only 200,000 tn. Argentina has an annual beef consumption over 60 kg per capita, one of the highest worldwide. It has 2.1 MM dairy cows and a sheep stock of 15 MM heads used mainly for wool. (estimations 2013)

Argentina has a long farming tradition with proven experience with British breeds like Hereford and Angus and European continental breeds such as Charolais and Limousin. The crosses with Zebu, Brahman or Nellore, are used in the north because of the better adaptation to climate. Braford and Brangus breeds are very well established and leading genetic improvements in the region.

Investments in livestock are carried out in crop marginal areas due to soil and rainfall conditions and distance to the ports. Cow calf operations and cattle stocking and fattening are carried out with extensive production systems at natural grasslands or sowed pastures with adequate veterinary and sanitary control and access to genetics improvements via artificial insemination. Lately, feed-lot systems have been used to shorten th eproduction cycle. Read more about our business approach and code of good farming practices.

Argentina has traditionally been one of the leading exporters of beef in the world and is expected to regain that position in the near future.

"Beef government policies hinder the growth of the cattle sector" by Juan Francisco Ramos Mejia. Ambito Financiero, 23-05-2006.

Invest in farmland: farmland for sale in Argentina  

Argentina has an area of 280 MM hectares, 175 MM of which have been duly registered in private titles and the rest is comprised by public lands and farmland with imperfect titles.

Argentina has a variety of climates and soils that include, among others:

* The pampas: 50 MM hectares with temperate climate, abundant rainfall and deep soils with high agriculture potential, very suitable for traditional crops and milk production in dairy farms (North and center of Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, south of Cordoba) that combine with other lands more suitable for cattle in southern Buenos Aires and Entre Rios.

* The subtropical Chaco forest:
80 MM hectares with forest land, both humid and arid, with for cattle and coarse crops, including soybean, maize and sorghum. It comprises Salta, Formosa, Chaco, Santiago del Estero, Tucumán, Corrientes, and Misiones with a tropical climate.

* The Andean region: Next to the Andes, Argentine vineyards are famous worldwide (Mendoza, San Juan, Salta). Olive trees are also planted in the north. This region can take advantage of many valleys for orchard and fruit trees and development and irrigation systems.

* The Patagonia:
77 MM hectares with cold weather, arid soils and low rainfall fit for breeding sheep for wool. The region is renowned for its important views of the wild and giant reserves of fresh water.

Farmland has had very significant returns in Argentina over the last decade with values ??per hectare that multiplied following the commodity boom. Purchase by foreigners is regulated.

There are still great opportunities to add value to the land by converting unproductive land into land suitable for agriculture or livestock and through the implementation of irrigation systems in the Andean region and in the valleys.

Other investments in agricultures and livestock in Argentina  

Argentina has important centers for the production of permanent crops in addition to row crops: olive, vineyards, fruits, blueberries, strawberries, citrus, lemons, oranges, apples, pears, peaches, nuts, walnut, almonds and timber.

Argentina is an important producer of pork and chicken.

There are numerous investment opportunities in roads and port infrastructure, marketing chain, as well as land development and production.

Agriculture and livestock have traditionally been the engines of the economy of Argentina.

Advantages of Argentina for agriculture and livestock  

Argentina is a country with a large area of land suitable for agriculture and livestock. Located in the south of South America it borders with Uruguay and Brazil on the east (Atlantic Ocean) and with Chile on the west (Pacific Ocean).

Argentina is a member of the world's largest agriculture and livestock economic bloc. Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay formed in 1990, the Common Market of the South (Mercosur), which accounts for half of world soybean exports, 35% of world beef exports and 25% of world corn exports.

With a population of over 40 MM people, it is internationally recognized as a country with a predominantly middle class population of European origin. It is regarded worldwide as one of the most efficient countries in the world for agriculture and livestock. Historically it was considered the breadbasket of the world. The Argentine management is also highly valued internationally.

The Argentine pampas comprise one of the most fertile lands in the world with large extensions of productive farmland that are managed in a very efficient manner through a very sophisticated system of local contractors that provide agriculture inputs and machinery, grain storage and other services.

Agriculture and livestock rearing are in the DNA of the Argentine people. There is a sophisticated network of contractors unparalleled in the world. High technical skills in agriculture form the human capital of the country. There is a good infrastructure development in the country, roads and waterways, ports and storage plants and industrial facilities.


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