London, UK (PRWEB) January 31, 2013
Frank Quin of the investor’s portal iNVEZZ has recently penned a commentary on the alternatives for agricultural investments available to the private investor. The author sheds light on several different options for agricultural investment, each with its own strengths and weaknesses.
In his analysis, Quin notes that the food price crisis in 2008 brought a renewed focus on agriculture as an investment destination, prompting investors to look particularly into farmland as an alternative to other investment vehicles. Quin points out that while the commentary focuses on investment in farmland, agricultural investment could potentially take one of three basic forms – investment in farmland, investment in farming and investment in upstream or downstream farming activities.
The first approach explored in the analysis is “land-banking” or seeking out and purchasing agricultural land without regard to any current or future farming operation, with the idea behind this enterprise being that at whatever price the land is purchased it will inevitably be worth more at some point in the future. Quin however points out some weaknesses of this type of agricultural investment, one of them being the lack of an income stream.
The author also looks into investment in farmed land which could provide revenue to the investor. Quin however notes that the purchase price of already-farmed land is likely to be many times higher than the price of vacant land. “An existing farming operation will inflate the value of the land, both because of the income generated and inherently,” notes Quin.
Quin then goes on to explore the alternatives of making agricultural investments at home and abroad. He points out that with farmland values in the United Kingdom being near the highest in the world, investors are likely to look for cheaper alternatives abroad. Quin therefore gives the example of Bulgaria, which is notable for having the cheapest farmland in the European Union and which, being an EU Member State, adheres to specific rules which might not be the case with countries in Africa and Latin America for instance.
In conclusion, Quin notes that agricultural investments present as an attractive choice for private investors as much as for multinational corporations, albeit on a much smaller scale.
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