Invest in agriculture and livestock in Uruguay
  Uruguay was elected the country of the year by the prestigious magazine The Economist (2013). Uruguay completes investment grade "triple crown" from the three big credit rating agencies.

MonteClaro has its agriculture and livestock operations headquarters in the city of Salto, Uruguay (northwest region), where the company operates an agriculture input business, sells and distributes agriculture machinery, manages different crops rainfed and under irrigation, and carries out cattle breeding and fattening operations and sheep operations as well. We manage farm operations for farm owners and family farms and lease land for the group and for private investors. Our families have been established in Uruguay since the mid eighteenth century. 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 and Gutiérrez and Herrera family in Uruguay.



Invest in agriculture in Uruguay  

Agriculture developed significantly in Uruguay since the year 2000.

Uruguay annually produces 2.8 tonnes of soya, 1 MM tn of wheat, 700,000 tons of corn, 200,000 tons of sorghum and barley and 20,000 tons of sunflower among traditional crops. The agriculture area for traditional crops comprises 2 MM ha., of which 1 MM are used for soybean crops, 120,000 ha for maize, 50,000 hectares for sorghum and 570,000 ha for winter crops (450,000 ha wheat and 120,000 ha barley). (2013 estimations)

Uruguay produces 1.3 MM tons of rice in an area of 180,000 ha with controlled flood irrigation over a potential area of 1 MM ha. (2013 estimations)

During the winter season wheat and barley are grown. The coarse grain season is carried out during the summer with sorghum, sunflower, corn, rice and soybeans. Crops are rotated according to a land use plan that includes rotations with green pastures for cattle and sheep to preserve soil fertility. Read more about our business approach and code of good farming practices.

Uruguay is one of the top 10 exporters of rice and soybeans. No withholding or other export duties apply.

Northern Uruguay has developed an important center for rice, which is grown using irrigation from rainwater stored in dams built on riverbeds and many streams that cross the fields. MonteClaro is currently leading the development of irrigated soybean crops in that area of ??Uruguay in close collaboration with the National Agriculture Research Institute of Uruguay (INIA).

Third International Irrigation Seminar of Uruguay, December 3 -5, 2014
. The "Group for Irrigation Development" was formally created in 2008 by the Minister of Agriculture, the President of the Universidad de la República, the Dean of the Agronomy Faculty and of the Engineering Faculty, the President of the National Institute for Agriculture Research and Bernardo Böcking as representative of the private sector.

Video interview to Bernardo Bocking showing the work of the irrigations systems

The Minister of Agriculture attended the Irrigation Open Field Day organized by MonteClaro and the National Agriculture Research Institute of Uruguay (INIA)

Irrigation systems for soya and pastures are developing in northern Uruguay

More than 300 people attended the irrigation conference organized by MonteClaro

Uruguay sells to Brazil the wheat that Argentina is not exporting

Argentine producers recieve 46% less than those in Uruguay for their crop production

Read more about how to invest in an agriculture fund of soya under irrigation in Uruguay

Invertir in Livestock (cattle and sheep) in Uruguay  

Uruguay is a major producer of beef, milk and wool with a stock of 11.5 MM heads of cattle and 8.2 MM heads of sheep. Production amounted to 1.1 million tons of beef, 110,000 tons of mutton meat and 33 MM tons of wool (dirty basis). With a herd of 755,000 dairy heads, 2.2 MM liters of milk are produced yearly. (2013 estimations)

Livestock activities are carried out in most of the country, but especially in the north, where agriculture is less developed. Cow calf operations and cattle fattening are carried out extensively with natural grazing. Adequate veterinary control and artificial insemination are widely used by farmers.

Uruguay has a long farming tradition with proven experience with British breeds such as Hereford, Angus, Shorthorn and continental breeds such as Charolais and Limousin. The crosses with Brahman or Nellore, spread in the early 1990s from Argentina. This was recorded in local newspapers: "For the first time Brahman bulls are presented at the rural exhibition of Salto [Uruguay]. For the first time in the history of livestock rural exhibitions in Salto, which are now near to the century, pure bred Brahman cattle are brought to the exhibition. Six bulls that took part of the exhibition saved on Tuesday the admission examination by the tribunal. They belong to the ranch located in Itapebi of the Ramos Mejia family. The bulls are of the red Brahman type… ". Salto, 11/10/1990.

Lately, feed-lot systems began to be used to finish cattle in order to take advantage of the EU quota 620 that Europe opened to Uruguay for cattle with 100 – 120 days of feed-lot fattening. Read more about our business approach and code of good farming practices.

Uruguay has implemented an advanced electronic individual traceability system for livestock which allowed access to many premium international markets for its beef, including the U.S. market, the EU and Korea market.

Uruguay is one of the top 10 exporters of beef, sheep meat and whool around the world.

Uruguay se queda con un negocio de carne a Europa al que aspira Argentina

La UE habilitó a Uruguay para exportar carne de alta calidad

Uruguay gana mercados de carne que pierde la Argentina

Read more about how to invest in a livestock fund for cattle raising and fattening in Uruguay

Invest in farmland: farmland for sale in Uruguay  

Uruguay has an area of 17.6 ha MM, of which almost all can be used for agriculture, livestock and timber, excluding urban and suburban areas.

Uruguay has a temperate and humid climate with abundant rainfall and undulating topography. In the same area traits of land suitable for agriculture alternate with shallow soils suitable for cattle and soils with basalt almost at the surface, suitable for producing sheep. Thus, it is not surprising that different operations may co-exist in the same farm including cattle production, sheep (dual purpose wool or meat) and agriculture production (soybeans, wheat, sorghum, oats pastures).

Investment in land through the purchase and sale of land has had very significant returns in Uruguay during the last decade with values ??per hectare increased eightfold following the commodity boom and as cattle land was being converted into agriculture, with investments of numerous international groups.

There are still great opportunities to add value to the land by introducing irrigation systems. There are no restrictions on the purchase of land by foreigners, although there are some regulations that require the identification of the owners of the land following policies to prevent money laundering..

Other investments in agriculture and livestock in Uruguay  

Uruguay has developed important centers for the production of orchard and permanent crops in addition to row crops. Rice irrigation systems with dams for water reservoirs and canals for irrigation are developing in the northeast and northwest, citrus production is also important with lemons, oranges and mandarines, olive plantations and timber.

There are numerous investment opportunities in grain storage and roads and port infrastructure. Since 2003 timber production has grown rapidly following the establishment of two international paper plants with the most modern technology and very high capacity.

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

Montevideo is a major regional financial center, with important benefits in the free zone for financial activities, including investment banking and private banking. The city of Punta del Este is one of the most important and exclusive summer resorts in the Southern Cone of South America.

Advantages of Uruguay for investments in farmland, agriculture and livestock  

Uruguay is a relatively small country if compared with its neighbors: Argentina and Brazil. But, the country, which surface is bigger than England, is large enough. to offer numerous opportunities.

On the bank of the Rio de la Plata, Uruguay is located in a privileged place to interact commercially with Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay (which exports its products through the Rio de la Plata) and a regional market of over 300 MM inhabitants. Uruguay is part of the agriculture and livestock world's largest 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.

Uruguay has a very homogeneous population of over 3 MM inhabitants without social conflicts and a significant middle class of European origin. It is regarded worldwide as a country of low political risk, with a reliable legal system for foreign investment and low financial risk. It has been praised for its institutional stability and respect for property rights. The government of Uruguay has recently achieved the investment grade.

Significant tax breaks have been approved to encourage irrigation development in Uruguay.

Mujica dio garantías a la inversión empresarial en Uruguay

El ejemplo del Presidente Mujica de Uruguay

International indicators of Uruguay, acording to international well reputated rankgings highlight Uruguay's position aomng Latin American countries:

1) Strongest social and political stability in Latin America (1)
2) Continued economic growth and investment despite global slump: compound annual growth rate in 2004-2009: 6.1%
3) Attractive free zone, free port and free airport regimes, and broad investment-related tax exemptions (2)
4) Access to MERCOSUR, a US$2-trillion-GDP free trade zone that also includes Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay
5) Best labor value for money in the region (3)
6) Highest internet, broadband and PC penetration in Latin America (4)
7) Most reliable electric supply in Latin America (5)

8) World-class free port facilities in Montevideo, the strategic regional hub for South America's Southern Cone region
9) Nice weather and absence of natural disasters; plus abundance of water
10) Lowest business costs of crime and violence in Latin America (6)

1) Based on Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index 2009, The Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index 2008 and Heritage Foundation's Economic Freedom Index 2010
2) Users of Free Zones are exempt from all taxes created or to be created in the future. Goods are exempt from all import levies within free ports and free airports. Investment projects may qualify for corporate income tax rebates ranging from 51% to 100% of the amount invested, plus rebates of other taxes.
3) Based on tertiary education enrollment and adult literacy rate comparisons, according to the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report 2009/2010 and United Nation's Human Development Report 2009, respectively, and on PwC's regional monthly wages comparisons.
4) Based on Latin Business Chronicle's Latin Technology 2010 Index and World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report 2009/2010
5) Based on World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report 2009/2010, quality of electricity supply indicator based on lack of interruptions and lack of voltage fluctuations
6) Based on World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report 2009/2010



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