Spanish company invests in water-capturing in Chilean desert

As we reported earlier, "fog catching" as a means of capturing water vapors is quickly becoming the next big thing in the world of water conservation. As water becomes less and less available worldwide, such strategies are proving lucrative... and Chile, home to the world's driest desert in its northern regions, is the ideal place to perfect the technique. To that end, Spanish architects Z4Z4 have developed a "cloud farm" which they're implementing in Chile's Atacama desert. Each structure ...
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Chinese giant buys Chilean farms, invests in Chilean berries and grapes

In what could be the first of many investments, the Chinese corporation Joyvio has formed a strategic alliance with the Chilean export group Subsole to supply high quality fruit to billions of Chinese consumers. Joyvio President Shaopeng Chen stated, "After a year of effort we have implemented this strategic alliance. Step one is a joint venture. We bought five farms." The farms produce grapes, cranberries, walnuts, kiwi and grapes for wine. Chen said Chile took precedence over other regions ...
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Want to make money in Chile farmland? Look at the calendar.

Chile's peak fruit and vegetable takes place in the Southern hemisphere's spring and summer months, which are the Northern hemisphere's fall and winter months. That's why we see so many grapes and tomatoes from Chile in the United States in, say, February. As Chilean agriculture becomes more of a powerhouse, it's important for producers to note how prices of different crops behave due to seasonality. For example, table grapes in March go for US $0.50 per kilogram, but in November, producers can ...
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Farming use? Fog catchers help harness water in driest place on Earth – Chile’s Atacama desert

Chilean technological innovation is helping alleviate what climatologists call absolute desert (where everything is so dry that it become sterile) in northern Chile's Atacama. More than a million people live in the Atacama, which at its center has never seen a drop of rain since humans started measuring moisture there. How do these people live without rainwater? Through ingenious giant fog catchers, which collect 1,000 liters a day through water vapors alone. Scientists and entrepreneurs ...
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Chilean Salmon Farms earn BEST AQUACULTURE PRACTICES Certification

In an announcement sure to increase both reputation and sales abroad in eco-conscious times, The Global Aquaculture Alliance has denoted six salmon farms in Chile with BAP, or Best Aquaculture Practices, certification. All six are owned by Multiexport Foods, and join the the company's processing plant in Puerto Montt, Chile, with the distinction. (The plant was the world's first salmon processing plant to receive BAP certification in January 2012.) The six sites are all located in Chile's ...
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Major Energy Company Invests in Geothermal in Chile

Energy Development Corp. (EDC) has acquired a 70-percent stake in each of the four geothermal concession areas in Chile and Peru, as part of its efforts to expand operations globally. “The agreement sets the framework and main commercial principles for the acquisition by EDC of a 70-percent interest in four geothermal concession areas acquired by HRL in the volcanic regions of Calerias and Longavi in Chile,” the Lopez-controlled firm explained. The twin energy and agriculture industries ...
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Chile Corners Dried Fruit and Nut Market in South Korea

Aggressive Chilean export policies have proved effective in parts of Asia, according to new research stating that the South American country now dominates the Dried Fruit/Nut sector in South Korea. Between 2008 and 2012, South Korea increased import and consumption in that arena by 165%, and much of the produce came from Chile. Chilean products entering the Korean market have an advantage over products from, say, the United States, in that they can forgo duty-free import fees. Source: Portal ...
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Winter Pastures welcome thousands of Chilean livestock animals

Following an annual ancestral custom (after the first snowfall), some 42 thousand beef cattle and other livestock who spent the summer in mountain pastures have begun to return to the foothills and the valley in the Bio Bio Region. The animals must pass inspection before returning to the valley. "The Ministry of Agriculture has a program of prevention of exotic diseases, which aims to timely detect diseases such as equine infectious anemia, brucellosis melitensis in goats, among others," said ...
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Chilean Fig Growers Stepping in Where California Falters

Chilean figs could save the current fig season, now that the California market seems likely to falter this season. High winds and migrant worker timing issues are currently affecting this season's crop in the Sunshine State in the USA. California's fresh fig volume “may very well be a little lighter” this year, and prices “will probably be higher," says George Kragie, president of Western Fresh Marketing in Madera, CA. “We have been shipping Chilean fruit right now at very high ...
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Famed Wine Critic Praises Three Chilean Carménères

What Malbec is to Argentina, Carménère is to Chile -- a formerly European wine grape, largely blotted off that continent's map by disease, which now flourishes in its new homeland. And, back in Europe, critics are noticing. Carménère, the former star of Bordeaux has become Chile's signature grape, with intensely vegetal notes that remind one of green pepper and go beautifully with meats, salami, and cheeses. (Note to farmers: grape production continues to ramp up in the South American country.) The ...
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