2nd Global Large Scale Farm Forum

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2nd Global Large Scale Farm Forum
30 Nov-01 Dec 2010, Siem Reap
Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort

Day 1 – 30 Nov 2010, Tuesday

08:00     Registration & Refreshment

09:00     Opening Welcome Ceremony

09:05     Keynote Address:
Speaker: HE. Chan Tong Yves, Secretary of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

09:25     Chairman’s Introduction

09:30     Asia’s Food Security Challenge: Opportunities for the Novel Partnership in Agricultural / Land Investments
– Asia’s food security challenges
– Land / agricultural investment for food security
– Need for the novel public / private partnership
– Steps towards building the new food security partnership in Asia – ADB’s new initiative and strategy
Speaker: Dr. Katsuji Matsunami, Advisor, RSOD cum Practice Leader (Agriculture, Food Security & Rural Development), ADB (Asian Development Bank)

10:00     Discussion followed by Networking Refreshment

10:30     Market Outlook for Soft Commodities / Cash Crops
– Demand / supply projections & new sources
– Production risks & impact on prices
– “Hot” commodities and regions to invest

11:00     Agriculture Investment Structure in Cambodia
– Investment policy and Opportunities
Speaker: Deputy Secretary General, The Council for the Development of Cambodia
HE. Suon Sitthy, Secretary General, Cambodian Investment Board (CIB)

11:30     Agricultural Investment Opportunity in Indonesia
– Mapping out suitable agro-industry for investment
– Opportunities in Papua, Kalimantan and Sulawesi
– Investment policies and regulation
– Land acquisition and utilization policies
– Export-import regulation
– Development of downstream processing sectors
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Zaenal Bachruddin, Director General of Processing and Marketing of Agricultural Product, Ministry of Agriculture (Directorate General of Livestock)

12:00     Investment & Farm Management Case Study
– Business model evaluation : out-growers vs ownership vs leasing
– Farm productivity management for maximum profits
– Risks taken in large scale farming and how to minimize those risks (labor, neighbor (villagers), law and culture shock & etc)
– Tools to control, monitor and evaluate large scale farming operation (eg. Report form, high technology GPS camera, communication + meeting)
Speaker: Dr. Korn Posayanond, Business Research & Development Manager, Khon Kaen Sugar Industry Public Company Limited (KSL)

12:30     Discussion followed by Networking Lunch

13:45    Financing Farmland Investment
Speaker: Kenneth Stevens, Managing Partner, Leopard Capital Cambodia

14:15    Risk Management for Agricultural Investment Projects
– Project finance solutions to farmland investments to manage project’s risks
– Case study : new Goji Farm in China
Speaker: Jian Wang, Farm & Testing Services Lead, SGS-CSTC Standards Technical Services Co. Ltd

14:45     Investor’s Panel: What are Their Requirements & Where / What are They Investing in?
– Challenges & opportunities
Panellist:
Elson Ng, President (Strategic Projects) & Chief Advisor to CEO, GMG Investment (S) Pte Ltd
Kenneth Stevens, Managing Partner, Leopard Capital Cambodia

15:15     Discussion followed by Networking Refreshment

15:45     Prospect of Large Scale Agri-Farm Investment in Ukraine – Opportunities & Challenges
– Regional market dynamics & ROI
– Investment framework, Land acquisition & utilization policies
– Export legislation
– Local infrastructure & risk management
Speaker: Andriy Huta, Member of the Supervisory Board, Mriya Group of Companies

16:15    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
Speaker: Speaker: Manoj Agarwal, CEO, Karuturi Global Ltd

16:45    Agriculture Outsourcing in South America: Challenges & Opportunities for Farmland Investments
– Mercosur farming overview (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay) – crops / export volumes / markets / competitive advantages in grains, cereals and oilseeds; PEST Analysis (Political, Environmental, Socio-economic, Technological)
– Mercosur farming growth regions, arable land potential, what are regional / foreign investors doing?
– Farming models for investors – buy vs lease returns compared (pros / cons); overview of farm management companies / service provider model, farming networks – case study of Los Grobo
– Issues – logistics/distribution, marketing of crops – detailed analysis of value chain in soybean; non-market factors – institution, regulatory, NGO
– Case study : Singapore listed Company doing corporate farming in Argentina
– Opportunities for possible investment and challenges
Speaker: Dr. Dave Ramaswamy, Partner, Allied Venture

17:15     Close of Day One

Day 2 – 1 Dec 2010, Wednesday

09:00     Chairman’s Introduction

09:05     Agriculture Development Prospect in the Philippines
– What policies & incentives are in place to attract investment?
– Land & Labour cost
– Security – ensuring investors interest
– Domestics demand & market
– Export legislation
Speaker: Marriz B.Agbon, President, Philippines Agricultural Development & Commercial Corporation

09:30     Dairy and Agribusinss Investment Outlook in New Zealand
– Opportunities & challenges
Speaker: Ross Hyland, Managing Director, Seales Ltd

09:55    Future Prospect for a Cambodian Dairy & Downstream Processing Industry
Speaker: Malcolm Pearce, Director, Lordswood Farms Ltd

10:20     Discussion followed by Networking Refreshment

10:50    Agribusiness Investment in China

11:20     Legal Issues for Farmland Investments & Resolving Disputes
– Overlapping claims
– Acquiring land banks or existing farmland
– Management of land settlement schemes
– Structuring shareholding ownership
– When things don’t work out – exiting the investment & pitfalls to avoid
Speaker: Matthew Rendall, Managing Partner, Sciaroni & Associates

11:50     Managing Complexities in Investing in Farmland Business – a Tax Perspective
– What investors need to be aware of with regards to tax issues, compliance, risk
– Structuring shareholding ownership
Speaker: Michael Gordon, Partner, Tax And Corporate Services Dept, KPMG Cambodia Ltd

12:20     Discussion followed by Networking Lunch

13:30     Investment in Industrial Forestry Plantation in Asia – Returns & Challenges
– Demand / supply projection for industrial forestry
– Carbon for profits & environment
– Risk appetite & returns
– Logistics consideration & potential down-stream value addition
Speaker: Paul Speed, Manager, Asian Forestry, New Forests Sdn Bhd

14:00     Development Prospect of Bioenergy Crops – Evaluating Jatropha to Leucaena Biomass from a Practitioner’s Perspective
– The Jatropha’s promise – how to make it happen?
– Growing woody biomass to meet power demand
– Energy crops investment experience
Speaker: Chumroen Benchavitvilai, Executive Officer, Bioenergy Development Co., Ltd.

14:30     Improvement of Farming Practices Relating to Corn Production
– Critical issue of correct tillage and soil preparation
– Precision farming – corn seed singulation and placement
– Mechanization, yield and the bottom line
Speaker: Charlie Dee, President, Dee Implement Inc.

15:00     Discussion followed by Networking Refreshment

15:30    Role of Plant Science Industry in Large Scale Farming
– Next wave of GM events
– Challenges to GM acceptance
– Importance of a GM functional regulatory system
Speaker: Dr. Tan Siang Hee, Executive Director, CropLife Asia

16:00     Update & Development of Hybrid Rice Variety
– Solution to increasing yield

16:30     Water Resource Management & Solution for Agri-Invest

17:00     Final Discussion followed by Close of Conference

Day 1 – [30 Nov, 2010 – Tuesday]
08:00
Registration & Refreshment

 

09:00
Opening Welcome Ceremony

 

09:05
Keynote Address :

Dr. Chan Sarun, Minister
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

09:25
Chairman’s Introduction

 

09:30
Asia’s Food Security Challenge: Opportunities for the Novel Partnership in Agricultural / Land Investments
– Asia’s food security challenges
– Land / agricultural investment for food security
– Need for the novel public / private partnership
– Steps towards building the new food security partnership in Asia – ADB’s new initiative and strategy

Dr. Katsuji Matsunami, Advisor, RSOD cum Practice Leader (Agriculture, Food Security & Rural Development)
ADB (Asian Development Bank)

10:00
Discussion followed by Networking Refreshment

 

10:30
Market Outlook for Soft Commodities / Cash Crops
– Demand / supply projections & new sources
– Production risks & impact on prices
– “Hot” commodities and regions to invest

 

11:00
Agriculture Investment Structure in Cambodia
– Attracting SWF into Cambodia
– Investment framework

 

11:30
Agricultural Investment Opportunity in Indonesia
– Mapping out suitable agro-industry for investment
– Opportunities in Papua, Kalimantan and Sulawesi
– Investment policies and regulation
– Land acquisition and utilization policies
– Export-import regulation
– Development of downstream processing sectors

Prof. Dr. Zaenal Bachruddin, Director General of Processing and Marketing of Agricultural Product
Ministry of Agriculture (Directorate General of Livestock)

12:00
Investment & Farm Management Case Study
– Business model evaluation : out-growers vs ownership vs leasing
– Farm productivity management for maximum profits
– Risks taken in large scale farming and how to minimize those risks (labor, neighbor (villagers), law and culture shock & etc)
– Tools to control, monitor and evaluate large scale farming operation (eg. Report form, high technology GPS camera, communication + meeting)

Dr. Korn Posayanond, Business Research & Development Manager
Khon Kaen Sugar Industry Public Company Limited (KSL)

12:30
Discussion followed by Networking Lunch

 

13:45
Financing Farmland Investment
– Access to funding & expectations from lenders
– Private / public partnership

 

14:15
Risk Management for Agricultural Investment Projects
– Project finance solutions to farmland investments to manage project’s risks
– Case study : new Goji Farm in China

Mr. Jian Wang, Farm & Testing Services Lead
SGS-CSTC Standards Technical Services Co. Ltd

14:45
Investor’s Panel: What are Their Requirements & Where / What are They Investing in?

– Challenges & opportunities

Panellist:

Mr. Elson Ng, President (Strategic Projects) & Chief Advisor to CEO
GMG Investment (S) Pte Ltd

15:15
Discussion followed by Networking Refreshment

 

15:45
Prospect of Large Scale Agri-Farm Investment in Ukraine – Opportunities & Challenges
– Regional market dynamics & ROI
– Investment framework, Land acquisition & utilization policies
– Export legislation
– Local infrastructure & risk management

Mr. Andriy Huta, Member of the Supervisory Board
Mriya Group of Companies

16:15
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

Mr. Ramakrishna Karuturi, Founder & Managing Director
Karuturi Global Ltd

16:45
Agriculture Outsourcing in South America: Challenges & Opportunities for Farmland Investments
– Mercosur farming overview (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay) – crops / export volumes / markets / competitive advantages in grains, cereals and oilseeds; PEST Analysis (Political, Environmental, Socio-economic, Technological)
– Mercosur farming growth regions, arable land potential, what are regional / foreign investors doing?
– Farming models for investors – buy vs lease returns compared (pros / cons); overview of farm management companies / service provider model, farming networks – case study of Los Grobo
– Issues – logistics/distribution, marketing of crops – detailed analysis of value chain in soybean; non-market factors – institution, regulatory, NGO
– Case study : Singapore listed Company doing corporate farming in Argentina
– Opportunities for possible investment and challenges

Dr. Dave Ramaswamy, Partner
Allied Venture

17:15
Close of Day One

 

Day 2 – [01 Dec, 2010 – Wednesday]
09:00
Chairman’s Introduction

 

09:05
Agriculture Development Prospect in the Philippines
– What policies & incentives are in place to attract investment?
– Land & Labour cost
– Security – ensuring investors interest
– Domestics demand & market
– Export legislation

Mr. Marriz B.Agbon, President
Philippines Agricultural Development & Commercial Corporation

09:30
Dairy and Agribusinss Investment Outlook in New Zealand
– Opportunities & challenges

Mr. Ross Hyland, Managing Director
Seales Ltd

09:55
Future Prospect for a Cambodian Dairy & Downstream Processing Industry

Mr. Malcolm Pearce, Director
Lordswood Farms Ltd

10:20
Discussion followed by Networking Refreshment

 

10:50
Agribusiness Investment in China

 

11:20
Legal Issues for Farmland Investments & Resolving Disputes
– Overlapping claims
– Acquiring land banks or existing farmland
– Management of land settlement schemes
– Structuring shareholding ownership
– When things don’t work out – exiting the investment & pitfalls to avoid

Mr. Matthew Rendall, Managing Partner
Sciaroni & Associates

11:50
Managing Complexities in Investing in Farmland Business – a Tax Perspective
– What investors need to be aware of with regards to tax issues, compliance, risk
– Structuring shareholding ownership

Mr. Michael Gordon, Partner, Tax And Corporate Services Dept
KPMG Cambodia Ltd

12:20
Discussion followed by Networking Lunch

 

13:30
Investment in Industrial Forestry Plantation in Asia – Returns & Challenges
– Demand / supply projection for industrial forestry
– Carbon for profits & environment
– Risk appetite & returns
– Logistics consideration & potential down-stream value addition

Mr. Paul Speed, Manager, Asian Forestry
New Forests Sdn Bhd

14:00
Development Prospect of Bioenergy Crops – Evaluating Jatropha to Leucaena Biomass from a Practitioner’s Perspective
– The Jatropha’s promise – how to make it happen?
– Growing woody biomass to meet power demand
– Energy crops investment experience

Mr. Chumroen Benchavitvilai, Executive Officer
Bioenergy Development Co., Ltd.

14:30
Improvement of Farming Practices Relating to Corn Production
– Critical issue of correct tillage and soil preparation
– Precision farming – corn seed singulation and placement
– Mechanization, yield and the bottom line

Mr. Charlie Dee, President
Dee Implement Inc.

15:00
Discussion followed by Networking Refreshment

 

15:30
Role of Plant Science Industry in Large Scale Farming
– Next wave of GM events
– Challenges to GM acceptance
– Importance of a GM functional regulatory system

Dr. Tan Siang Hee, Executive Director
CropLife Asia

16:00
Update & Development of Hybrid Rice Variety
– Solution to increasing yield

Dr. Ed Roumen, Head, Breeding & Trait Development for RIce and Millet
Bayer CropScience

16:30
Water Resource Management & Solution for Agri-Invest

 

17:00
Final Discussion followed by Close of Conference