Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Chongqing Grain Group Seeking More Oversea Investment

Chongqing Grain Group Co., Ltd. (CGG), one of the leading state-owned grain companies in China, plans to invest USD1.2 billion to build grain production bases in Argentina this year, for the planting of soybean, corn, cotton, etc., reported by Xinhua News, the official press agency of Chinese government, according to CCM’s March issue of AgriChina Investor.
Facing strong demand for oversea soybean, corn, cotton, etc., Chongqing government believes it is a good chance to invest in agricultural business in oversea countries. According to an official from Chongqing Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Commission, in 2012, Chongqing plans to invest USD6 billion to develop agricultural business in oversea countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Canada, etc. Among the total, CGG's USD1.2 billion investment will be the most important one this year.
After the completion of the investment, the purchase cost of soybean will be 20% lower when purchasing from producers rather than large international grain dealers. Besides, CGG can get more control over the price of soybean from oversea market.
Latest news said that CGG has registered a company in Argentina with the registered capital of USD10 million. The first-phase investment will hit USD99.89 million. Besides the investment in Argentina, CGG also plans to develop canola business in Canada and Australia, rice business in Cambodia and palm oil business in Malaysia.
In fact, this is not the first time for CGG to develop agricultural business in oversea countries. The company has built a soybean production base in Brazil last year and imported the first batch of soybean (0.26 million tonnes) from its oversea soybean production base in Sept. 2011.
"Under the guidance of the government, we plan to build a comprehensive industrial chain: build oversea production bases; offer financial support and services; offer storage and logistics support; provide agricultural production means and then distribute the products to domestic market." said Mr. Hu, President of CGG.
CGG plans to import 10 million tonnes of soybean from its oversea production bases, which will not only meet the demand in Chongqing City, but also can be marketed to surrounding areas. Besides direct import of soybean from Brazil, CGG also plans to build some soybean processing factories in the country, which is welcomed by the Brazil government.
Besides CGG, some other companies, such as Zhejiang Fudi Agriculture Group and Julong Group have also invested to build crop planting bases in oversea countries.
Other big state-owned companies are also planning to develop agricultural business in oversea countries, including Chinatex Corp Ltd., China's largest cotton trader, and COFCO, China's largest grains and edible oil trader. COFCO reveals that it plans to invest USD10 billion in oversea mergers and acquisitions in agricultural industry in the coming years.
It is very easy to understand companies' objectives to invest in oversea countries, under the background of strong demand and limited farmland. China is the biggest soybean importer in the world, but domestic soybean importers have to import soybean from large international grain dealers. Domestic companies hope the purchase cost can be reduced with the building of oversea production bases. However, some insiders think it will be hard to achieve the objective. First, the cost in building production bases in oversea countries is very huge, especially by purchasing farmland. Besides, the purchase of farmland has to face restriction by oversea countries. Last but not the least, they have to face fierce competition from large international grain dealers who are masters for both actuals and futures in agricultural products.

Source: AgriChina Investor 1203

Content of AgriChina Investor 1203:
Government to support leading agricultural enterprises
Draft of Grain Law raised disputes
Central government's agricultural expenditure to hit USD194 billion in 2012
China may relax restriction on rapeseed import from Canada
COFCO to expand its dorking capacity in West China
Steel super giant WISCO to build pig farm
Shuanghui accelerating its restructuring
Huiyuan Group to invest in vineyard business
Chongqing Grain Group seeking more oversea investment
Cross-segments expansion of large-scale grain & food processors
Ecological farming: A promising approach to ensure grain security
Domestic corn planting area keeps increasing

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