The current growth in world population and the resultant increase in demand on crop production is set to explode even further according to The World Bank.
Online PR News – 05-February-2010 – – European farmers are already at maximum production levels per acre and are hampered by climates that only allow the cultivation of one main crop per year. Despite this, experts are predicting UK farmland (which has one of the highest production costs per acre) to pass the £10,000 per acre mark by 2015 – a 100% increase on current values today. (source Knight Frank
Most of the worlds increased production demand for food is being driven by the economic powerhouses and emerging market economies of Africa and Asia, as well as annual population growth in established world economies and countries.
These African and Asian countries also hold the key to the future by meeting the worlds’ food demands and the ability to strengthen weak and poor economies with the expansion of modernised sustainable farming projects, which bring income and food to the countries and generate revenue from export markets after sustaining domestic demand for the crops produced.
Some of these countries have the climatic suitability for 2 to 3 crops per year when utilising modern husbandry and irrigation techniques which have been available in the western world for decades. This indicates that productive arable land in these countries is currently one of the most undervalued assets in the world.
There is an old saying “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Plantation Capital believes in this concept, which will feed the rest of the world.
Asia Plantation Capital have been pioneering this principal and simple model, and have already established sustainable commercial farming operations on estates in Sri Lanka, growing global commodity crops like maize, rice, and potatoes. With the introduction of basic modern management techniques backed up by irrigation equipment and modern machinery, Asia Plantation Capital have already proved this simple concept works both on a community level and for investors, raising harvest yields by up to 60%. Irrigation methods assist this increase in yield by enabling up to 3 crops to be grown per year, where previously only 2 were achievable.
Asia Plantation Capital are now expanding further with larger estates in Sri Lanka and new projects in Mozambique, establishing sustainable farming operations in the Beira and Chimoa regions, again bringing in British farming expertise and modern machinery to boost land productivity, taking advantage of the land and crops boom which is predicted to continue past 2020 and beyond.
Sustainable farming can provide not only annual income for owners of land and farms but also potential large capital gains in base land prices, with asset backed security (for example land and ongoing demand for crops produced) whilst helping developing economies become financially self sufficient—it really is a win for investors and everyone involved.
Further information can be found on Asia Plantation Capital through its UK marketing arm Plantation Capital www.plantationcapital.co.uk