Agricultural Exports, Farm Loans Surge in Argentina

Patrick Archer agribusiness, foreign investment, uruguay

As farmers in Argentina ride a wave of recovery, exports are booming and banks are poised to increase lending dramatically, according to Bloomberg.

We’ve covered the bullish forecasts regarding this year’s corn and soy crops, and now it appears the banks have taken notice. “Banco Galicia, Argentina’s second-biggest farm lender, expects agricultural loans to increase about 40 percent this year after no growth in 2009,” says Bloomberg, while “HSBC forecasts an expansion of as much as 30 percent to a record volume.”

Argentine farmers are expected to produce 54.5 million metric tons of soybeans and 21.4 million tons of corn this year, annual increases of 65 percent and 69 percent from 2009. Bankers and farmers are equally optimistic given the record harvests coincide with an improving interest rate environment.

According to Ag Weekly, “the USDA increased production estimates of soybean crops from Brazil and Argentina, the world’s No. 2 and No. 3 producers, but said strong demand from China will help consume the bumper crops. ”

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