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Huge losses suffered by forestry managed investment schemes in the 2000s have made Australian superannuation funds nervous about agribusiness.
Louisa Burwood-Taylor, Editor, Agri Investor
Competition between Australian and New Zealand dairy investment managers has gathered pace recently, but there are opportunities in both markets for the right investor.
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Investments into Australasian dairy have gathered pace in recent months exposing the two countries’ different fundamentals, according to Cambridge Associates’ Peter Roney.
First Guardian Agriculture will raise $200m initially and already has up to A$100m in cornerstone commitments.
The Australasian timber manager has acquired a blue gum plantation and is aiming to complete deployment within the next 18 months.
ROC Partners is targeting Australian agriculture as its primary sector of investment.
The Beijing Australia Agricultural Resource Cooperative Development Fund will invest across agricultural industries.
Investing alongside two co-investors, the Australia and New Zealand forestry investment manager has created a new business called Forico to manage the 175,000 hectares of forestry plantations.
The Swedish pension provider wants to increase its allocation to non-listed real estate, of which agri and timber are a part, to 15% over the long term.
The UK venture capital firm led a A$6 million Series C investment round into Agworld, an Australian agdata software company. Agworld is now focusing on entering the US market.
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