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2nd Global Large Scale Farm Forum

30 Nov-01 Dec, 2010 - Siem Reap, CAMBODIA

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort

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"Maximize Investments - Identify Opportunities & Yields in World Agri Business"


"Indonesia plans to open up farm sector to foreigners"
16/6/10, Business Times


"Indian companies are increasingly getting a foothold into South America, acquiring assets and land not just to get entry into its lucrative agriculturalmarket but also to export commodities such as sugar, pulses and edible oils back to India."
7/9/10, farmlandgrab.org


"New Saudi Company... has already arranged leases in Cambodia, Vietnam,Pakistan and the Philippines for aromatic and long grain basmati rice, both intended to export to Saudi Arabia at market prices, said Mohammed Abdulla al-Rajhi, chairman of the new company.
13/6/10, FT

nterest in global farmland is accelerating, given price volatility in commodities, rising human population and environmental pressures as well as concerns for food security.


From Asia to Africa to South America - agricultural activity with large scale farming is expected to expand and offer high returns. Cambodia and other countries with large land tracts, workers and incentives are attracting national and global investors as well as corporate majors.


CMT's 2nd Global Large Scale Farm Forum coming to S.E. Asia at the world heritage city of Siem Reap, Cambodia offers you a comprehensive forum with invaluable insight from our panel of leading international experts, investors and officials.


You will hear first hand experience on the complexities and challenges in investing in agri-farmland abroad. What are the policies in-place offered by various governments? Which crops to grow? How technology plays a part in increasing crop yield? What are the legal implications if you want to exit any land deals?

Last April, the 1st Large Scale Farming in Africa

meet saw participants from all over the world

gathered in Cairo, Egypt to look at the opportunities,

risk management and financing solutions for

large scale farming investments in Africa.



Here's a short video clip of the Cairo event in April 2010.

If video does not appear, click here to download.



You will network with

- Farm & plantation investors/owners
- Asset management company
- Investment banks & agricultural Funds Company
- Fertilizer & seed suppliers
- Machinery companies
- Tax & legal firm
- Insurance companies & risk management consultant
- Agrochemicals & biotech companies
- Irrigation industry
- Government organization & investment board


Key reasons to attend CMT's 2nd Global Large Scale Farm Forum

  • Meet the esteemed Secretary of State from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries HE Chan Tong Yves to hear first hand information on the opportunities available in Cambodia
  • Find out from ADB the steps towards building the new food security partnership in Asia
  • Government authorities from Indonesia to The Philippines will be mapping out agri investment opportunities in their countries, update on land utilization policies & downstream investment potential
  • Investors from Africa, South America, East Europe and Asia will be sharing their experiences relating to agri investment in the respective region
  • Business model evaluation : out-growers vs ownership vs leasing
  • Legal consultants & tax experts will offer expert advice on farmland investment in Asia & management of land settlement scheme, structuring land ownership & etc
  • Assess the risk and financing options for farmland investment
  • Discover the role of plant science on large scale farming & the acceptance of GM crops
  • Farm productivity management for maximum profits

Don't hesitate! Sign up with your team today to enjoy group discount! Register online at www.cmtevents.com or email grace@cmtsp.com.sg


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Ethiopia Plans to Rent out Land for Cash Crops Production

Posted on : 08 Nov, 2010


Ethiopia intends to lease out 3 million hectares of land for private investment over the next 5 years. This forms part of the government’s strategy to encourage foreign exchange and inject healthy economic activity into the country. The abundance of available land area for large scale farming is likely to attract international players seeking good returns on agricultural investments.


With the above in mind, the 2nd Global Large Scale Forum in Siem Reap zooms in on the potential offered in Africa, as well as opportunities and challenges in other regions. Invited speakers will address country-focused topics including:

  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • South America
  • the Philippines
  • New Zealand
  • China...

Click here to register now, or email Ms. Grace Oh at grace@cmtsp.com.sg.



New Zealand: “Extra Flexibility” for Foreign Investment

Posted on : 25 Oct, 2010


The Government has tightened foreign investment rules around the potential sale of big chunks of farmland to overseas buyers in response to public concerns over the bid for Crafar farms.


Announcing the results of a long awaited review of the overseas investment rules and legislation, finance minister Bill English said the Government had decided against changes to the Overseas Investment Act but had introduced "extra flexibility" to consider a wider range of issues including large-scale ownership of farmland.


One measure is "a new ministerial directive letter to the Overseas Investment Office" which would provide "extra clarity and certainty for potential investors about the Government's general approach to foreign investment in sensitive assets".


"Overall, the measures I'm announcing today strike an appropriate balance. They increase ministerial flexibility to consider a wide range of issues when assessing overseas investments in sensitive land, while at the same time they provide extra clarity and certainty for potential investors and the Overseas Investment Office."


Source: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10676419


For an in-depth understanding on the extent of impact from these new regulations in New Zealand for large scale farm investments, make a point to attend the 2nd Global Large Scale Farm Forum in Siem Reap on 30 November to 1 December 2010. Specially invited speaker, Mr. Ross Hyland, Managing Director of Seales Ltd, will provide his expert perspective on the opportunities and challenges framing the issue in:


“Dairy and Agribusiness Investment Outlook in New Zealand”


Download the program brochure for full topic outlines, or contact Ms. Grace Oh at grace@cmtsp.com.sg for registration queries.


Is Africa the New Global Source for Food Security?

Posted on : 11 Oct, 2010


Agricultural investors are turning their attention to Africa, which offers plenty of arable land yet has long suffered from underdevelopment. Not only is the land one-tenth the price of Asia, but its key property is its access to water resources. African regions such as Ethiopia are exploring how land deals will help to reverse the under-investment trend of the past decades. (from source: http://www2.macleans.ca/2010/08/19/out-of-africa/2/)


In light of the above, the 2nd Global Large Scale Farm Forum has invited Karuturi Global Ltd to disclose key insights on:


“Large Scale Agriculture Investment in Africa”


- Business model evaluation
- Farm productivity management for maximum profit
- Downstream value addition & marketing of produce
- Expansion plans
- Challenges & opportunities



For more information on registration, click here or contact grace@cmtsp.com.sg.


Indonesia Invites Investors to Take Up Agricultural Investments in Large Scale Farm

Posted on : 22 Sep, 2010


Indonesia expects a six percent rise in its milled rice harvest this year, leading to a 2 million tonnes surplus, and aims to attract Gulf Arab investors to develop "sleeping land", Agriculture Minister Suswono said.


The agriculture minister met businessmen from the Gulf Arab country and discussed agricultural business opportunities in Indonesia.

Indonesia has over 7.7 million hectares of unused land that is in need of development, Suswono said.

"There is still... untapped potential for agribusiness investment in Indonesia, particularly in the field of food crops, industrial processing as well as horticulture and land stock industry," he said.


"We still have some difficulties internally in arranging land for large-scale farming, which are requested by foreign investors. This is due to environmental reasons to protect our rainforests," the minister said, adding that the government has since issued regulations for investment in large farming.


Source: http://www.arabianbusiness.com/590357-indonesia-sees-rice-crop-up-seeks-gulf-farm-invt, 13 June 2010


Investors have long set their sights on Indonesia, whose large quantities of unused land offer a resource-rich base for new farm investments. Now, the government is keen to invite investors from the Gulf and abroad to take on the opportunity in developing the nation’s large farm potential.


In the interest of those thinking of investing in Indonesia, CMT has put together the 2ndGlobal Large Scale Farm Forumto discuss the facts and details that will entailin such ventures. The forum will also have Prof. Dr. Zaenal Bachruddin, Director General of Processing and Marketing of Agricultural Product, Ministry of Agriculture, Republic of Indonesia present a paper on “Agricultural Investment Opportunity in Indonesia”.


At the 2nd Global Large Scale Farm Forum in Siem Reap, you will also get the chance to amass expert insights on the potentials of different large farm agricultural investment hot spots and related legal/financing options.


Click here to view the speakers and their topic outlines.

Agriculture, ethanol, bio-diesel, sugar and other producers and forest plantation growers attracted to sites in Cambodia

Posted on : 27 Aug, 2010


Cambodia has quietly started to turn up on the agendas of major agriculture, ethanol, bio-diesel, sugar and other producers and forest plantation growers as an attractive and interesting site to locate projects.


Cambodia has the lowest cost agricultural land in the region with figures that are substantially cheaper than its neighbours Thailand, Vietnam or Malaysia.  This has interested many new companies with projects to grow crops like sugarcane, cassava, teak and other timber, palm plantations.


Agricultural land in Cambodia is generally provided to qualified projects by the Cambodian government on a lease basis.  Leases can be 70 years or in some cases up to 99 years. In Cambodia, large plots of agricultural land in locations with reasonable access to infrastructure are available but many areas still lack the road structure and access to utilities that are found in more developed countries. 


Source http://www.allsolutionscambodia.com/invest-in-agri.htm


Cambodia is one of the countries that will be featured at the 2nd Global Large Scale Farm Forum in Siem Reap, Cambodia on 30 Nov – 1 Dec 2010.


Regardless of the region and stage of your global agri investments, answers to questions such as ` What guidelines are available? Which region offers the greatest return? How to obtain financing for your project? What crops to grow? play a big part in ensuring successful farming ventures.


That is why  2nd Global Large Scale Farm Forum to be held in Siem Reap, Cambodia on 30 Nov – 1 Dec 2010 is the place to be for timely updates, network of authoritative speakers and first hand information on challenges & opportunities pertaining to agriculture investment.


Some of the confirmed speakers to date include Koh Kong Plantation Company Limited (Cambodia), Khon Kaen Sugar Industry PCL, Bioenergy Development Co., Ltd, SGS, KPMG Cambodia Ltd, Croplife Asia, Philippines Agricultural Development & Commercial Corporaton, Sciaroni & Associates, Allied Venture, Mriya Group of Companies, ADB, GMG Global Ltd.


Click here for updated agenda or email: grace@cmtsp.com.sg


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Mr. Manoj Agarwal
CEO, Karuturi Global Ltd KGL
Large Scale Agriculture Investment in Africa
Day 1 [Tue 30, November], at 03:50 PM

Mr. Manoj Kumar Agarwal joined karuturi Global in 2002 during the dotcom bust to drive the technology business and turned around the same which resulted in a 50% YOY growth for the 3 subsequent years.


He was elevated as CEO – India in 2008 to drive the Food Processing, technology and Retail business in India. He has been involved in supporting the Global operations being actively involved in fund raising and other strategic Initiatives.


Currently beside heading Ind....
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Mr. Dave Ramaswamy
Partner, Allied Venture
Agriculture Outsourcing in South America: Challenges & Opportunities for Farmland Investments
Day 1 [Tue 30, November], at 04:25 PM
.Dave Ramaswamy is a partner at Allied Venture, a firm that offers private equity, investment advisory and farm management services with a focus on Latin/South America.  He has over 16 years of work experience including stints at Accenture and PriceWaterhouseCoopers in the United States. Born in Florida, he has previously worked and lived in the United States,....
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Chairman’s Introduction
Day 2 [Wed 01, December], at 09:00 AM
Mr. Marriz B.Agbon
President, Philippines Agricultural Development & Commercial Corporation
Agriculture Development Prospect in the Philippines
Day 2 [Wed 01, December], at 09:05 AM

Mr. Marriz B. Agbon is the President of the Philippine Agricultural Development and Commercial Corporation (PADCC), the agribusiness investment promotion and marketing arm of the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA). He leads the Philippine Agribusiness Lands Investments Center (ABLIC) which is one of the driving forces behind a number of local and foreign investments in the Philippines agribusiness.


He is also the current head of the DA-DAR-DENR National Convergence Initia....
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