Invest in agriculture and livestock in South America (Brazil, Bolivia, Peru)
  MonteClaro does not manage directly operations in Brazil, Bolivia and Peru, but after a lifetime of business experience in agriculture and livestock in the region we have developed a significant network of contacts with other operators. As a result, we are in a good position to promote and analyze investments in agriculture and livestock in these countries or refer to local operators we know.



Invest in agriculture and livestock in Brazil  

In Brazil we have built relationships with operators in the south in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, which broder northern Uruguay, where we have our operations. We also know farmland operators in the north due to our previous activities.

Brazil is the largest and most important country in South America, occupying two thirds of its territory. With an area of 850 MM hectares and a population of 200 MM, Brazil is the 3rd largest country in the world and the 5th most populous.

Brazil has 13% of the fresh water reserves in the world and a vast land area suitable for agriculture and livestock. Brazil is estimated to have 45 MM hectares suitable for agriculture and 200 MM hectares of grassland for livestock. 55% of its territory is covered by native forests.

Brazil is a major producer and exporter of soybeans with a production of 86 MM tons. It is also a major producer of sugar cane, cocoa, coffee and cotton. It is the largest producer and exporter of beef with a production of 9.9 MM tn. of which it exports of 1.3 MM tn. Brazil imports wheat and dairy products. (estimated 2013)

Brazil is a founding member of the Mercosur, the Common Market of the South, together with Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

There are good opportunities for agribusiness in the more traditional areas of the south, such as Rio Grande do Sul, north of Uruguay, and the states of Santa Catarina, Parana and Sao Paulo. Also, there are many opportunities in the northern states where agriculture and livestock frontier is expanding, the main challenge being infrastructure development.

Brazil has imposed restrictions on land purchases by foreigners. But, recently the Supreme Court of the State of Sao Paulo declared such restrictions unconstitutional.

Invest in agriculture and livestock in Bolivia  

In Bolivia we have relationships with farmland operators in the southeast of the country, in the Province of Santa Cruz.

Bolivia is a landlocked country with a territory of 110 MM hectares. 36 MM hectares are suitable for agriculture but only around 6 MM are used for crops today. It borders south with Argentina and Paraguay, east with the region of Barazil's "cerrados" and west with Chile. Bolivia has a long dispute over access to the Pacific Ocean with Chile.

Almost 40% of the country is crossed from north to south by the Andes range. The Altiplano region in the west is important for camelids and some intensive agiculture takes place in the valleys.

The lower areas of the East (Beni, Santa Cruz, Pando) are the main agriculture and livestock areas. The lowlands are known for their deep soils and high productivity. In many places two summer crops, such as soybean, may be harvested in one year. It is also an important area for cacao, coffee and sugar cane.

There are still great opportunities to clear the land and convert unproductive land into agriculture and cattle uses, although in many cases farmland investment also requires to clear legal uncertainties of precarious titles that must be converted in time into perfect titles.

Bolivia has a population of 10 MM with a high percentage of amerindians people and a highly educated middle and upper class of European origin which can be found in many of the major cities and especially in Santa Cruz..

Bolivia is a major producer of oil and gas and mining.

Invest in agriculture and livestock in Peru  

In Peru we have a close relationship with an old olive producer with a plant for olive oil processing.

Peru has 2,400 km of coast facing the Pacific Ocean. The country has a surface of 128 MM hectares, of which the vast majority are of no agriculture use, except in the valleys with irrigation canals from the melting peaks in the mountains and in the eastern Amazon jungle. Most of the country is crossed from north to south by the Andes mountain range.

Peru has a population of 28 MM inhabitants, of which 45% are Amerindian, 35% Mestizo and 15% of white European origin. There is a very educated upper middle class of European origin estaqblished since the times of the Viceroyalty of Alto Peru in the 17th century.

Mining, industry and services are the main components of GDP Peru. Fishing is also important. Its economy is open to the world and enjoys strong institutional stability.

Extensive breeding of camelids is very important and to a lesser extent sheep and cattle with very low carrying capacity per hectare. Agriculture is developed mostly in intensive crops that can take advantage of irrigation opportunities in the Andes valleys.

Invest in agriculture and livestock in Chile  

Chile is formed by a long stretch of land of no more than 420 km wide extending along Argentina and Bolivia between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean. Agriculture activity is a minor part of its GDP.

Among crops orchards and vineyards are the most popular. In the south heep farming takes place. Chile imports beef and milk.

It has a population of 18 MM inhabitants. 70% are mestizos and 30% from white European origin. Its economy is open and the country enjoys broad institutional stability.

Chile is an associated member of Mercosur, enjoying many of the party member privileges while keeping its economy open to the world through low tariffs and many bilateral free trade treaties.

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