Known as the country’s ‘food bowl’, the region’s capacity for year-round crop production as well as permanent plantings is a major draw for institutional investors – both domestic and foreign.
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The vehicle will seek low-teen returns through investments in farmland and processing assets devoted to sustainable production of tree nuts, citrus and blueberries.
The Australia-focused investment and farm management company’s decision to sell brings one of the country’s largest irrigated properties to market.
One of Australia’s largest irrigated and dryland cropping operations has attracted interest from domestic and international investors.
Former PSP Investments managing director Antoine Bisson-McLernon says establishing multiple partnerships with local operators is the key to scaling up in a very fragmented global agriculture market.
Senior investment manager Ryan Sullivan says demand for real asset investments will be strengthened as US investors seek inflation protection.
The open-ended farmland investing vehicle has raised $649.7m since launching in 2006.
South Africa’s agricultural sector grew 5.5% in Q1 2017 and booked a record maize crop.
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.
Neil Woods, portfolio manager for timber & agri at NZ Super – a significant investor in New Zealand’s agricultural sector – talks about the fund’s plans to diversify by investing outside New Zealand and beyond dairy.