The outlook for Brazil’s sugar and ethanol sector remains bleak, Fitch says, with more defaults and bankruptcy filings expected.
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South Africa’s agricultural sector grew 5.5% in Q1 2017 and booked a record maize crop.
Despite having widely supported leaving the EU, British farmers are showing a loss of confidence in the sector’s future post-Brexit, an NFU survey finds.
Australia’s agricultural sector achieved double-digit returns last year that were significantly higher than the 9.3% posted in 2015, according to the Australian Farmland Index.
“Prior to the cyclone, crop expectations were some of the best seen in years,” Nick Waters, investment director at Blue Sky Alternative Investments, told Agri Investor.
Farmer Mac’s survey of 350 agricultural lenders shows commodity prices, liquidity and farm income as top concerns.
Chinese outbound direct investment in Australia’s agricultural sector jumped 220% in 2016 compared to the previous year, totaling $903.7 million.
The milestone comes as consumer demands shift in favor of non-GMO and organic products, which has drawn farmers, major food companies and private equity investors to the organic market.
David Widmar, agricultural economist at Purdue University, told Agri Investor that the difficulties US farmers will face in the upcoming 2017 season are likely setting in.
National Australia Bank expects cattle prices to fall further in 2017 due to softening demand abroad but is optimistic that weaker Australian dollar will help exports.