12 February 2018

Large agroholdings attack farmers: the market is reigned by 20 families

The February rise in prices for cereals by 0.1% to 3.5% across different regions is the result of the policy of large agroholdings and traders. Large agroholdings and traders try to outcompete small and medium-sized farmers who do not have large storage facilities.

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09 February 2018

Danosha to buy a part of Ukrainian Agrarian Investments

The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine authorized the company Danosha to purchase "Galician Agricultural Investments", which is part of the agroholding "Ukrainian Agrarian Investments" (UAI).

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09 February 2018

Mega farm in South Carolina is taking too much groundwater

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Residents of South Carolina express their concerns on how a mega farm is affecting the environment. It has been speculated whether the farm is taking too much groundwater and using too much fertilizers. It turned into a broader discussion.

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08 February 2018

Farmland prices in Russia at record high

The cost of agricultural land in the major grain-producing regions of Russia reached a peak of the last five years in 2017 – both in rubles and in dollars. In the Krasnodar region, a hectare of cultivated arable land costs about 134.000 rubles (2.290 $). At the same time, agricultural land in Russia is still undervalued compared to land in other countries.

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08 February 2018

A "Huge and smelly" farm in New Zealand

A gigantic poultry farm in Northland (New Zealand) grows 1.3 million birds and employs 32 people. Neighbours are concerned about the smell and possible devaluing of their properties.

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08 February 2018

Agroprosperis concluded the first in Ukraine grain swap deal

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Agroprosperis concluded a swap deal for the supply of 10,000 tonnes of maize in March 2018 on the Odessa CPT basis, with reference to the price indicator of Thomson Reuters. This financial instrument was used in Ukraine for the first time. According to Igor Osmachko, Director of Agroprosperis, this form of trade can be an effective tool for hedging...

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07 February 2018

Astarta reduced sugar sales by 27%

Sugar sales by Astarta-Kyiv during the fourth quarter of 2017 amounted to 110,900 tonnes, which is 27% less than during the same period of 2016. At the same time, the average sales price of sugar decreased by 9%.

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07 February 2018

China supersizes pig farms to cut costs

Larger, more standardized farms are appearing in China to meet the demand of a more sophisticated market. Since the feed costs are among the world's highest in China due to heavy dependence on imported soybeans, Chinese farms are getting larger to save at least the fixed costs.

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02 February 2018

Ukraine’s biggest corn growers are reluctant to expand

Ukraine’s biggest corn growers are reluctant to expand production. Mriya and Nibulon are even planning to reduce corn plantings by at least 17 % in the upcoming season due to unfavorable producer prices for corn. A part of the problem is that exporters are facing fierce competition from Brazil.

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02 February 2018

Farm acquisitions to be more transparent in Australia

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New changes to federal laws are designed to make farm acquisitions more transparent in Australia. Local Australians are forced to advertise and inform through marketing that the farm is for sale. The reason for this change is the aim to give Australians more opportunities to purchase agricultural land ahead of foreigners. The concerns of the local population about foreigners owning farmland in Australia have become louder since 2015.

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