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FIRB assessment process will now take six months instead of 30 days, with a $0 threshold for review applied to all transactions.
President Steve Bruere says attractive post-covid-19 equity and bond prices have kept most institutional investors too busy to investigate farmland opportunities.
Sunflower field
The NCREIF Australian Farmland Index, which is heavily weighted to permanent cropping, shows total returns held up fairly well despite drought across much of eastern and northern Australia.
Peanut rowcrops in Australia
The former Rifa Salutary and Paraway Pastoral Company CEO has left OTPP’s Australian arm to launch his own asset management firm, The Clearbrook Group.
Desert Quarry
New Zealand is one of the few western countries to still export phosphate from the disputed territory, which the legal action from the Polisario Front seeks to highlight and curtail.
Prudential Agricultural Investments will target unlevered returns of between 6% and 10% through a focus on permanent crops.
With drought leading to record-high water prices in south-east Australia last year, investors have started to look north in search of returns – but there are huge barriers to overcome. Daniel Kemp investigates what efforts are being made to unlock the opportunities.
Almond nut trees in an orchard
The fund had received subscriptions from institutional investors, private banks and wealth managers, all of which were returned after the income trust's IPO was pulled from the market.
Investments made by its ag fund – which seeks opportunities created by dislocation, while continuing to distance itself from a ‘special situations’ tag – will be the most telling factor in the strategy’s objectives.
Map showing Australia fire risk index
Data analyzed by Digital Agriculture Services found that Queensland saw the most agricultural land affected by fire, but timber plantations in New South Wales and Victoria were also hit hard.
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