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OPP Industry Awards 2011 - Winners

Category 17 – Best Alternative Investment Product:

GOLD: Agri Capital Ltd

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We supported this project from the start and our investors will see they are involved in a unique investment backed by the industries top judges who awarded the Gold award to the Agri Capital Sierra Leon Rice project in London at the EXCEL center last weekend

So what are you waiting for find out today why we are always at the front of investments

Not the latest news... but a report from the BBC in 2008 predicting increasing rice prices proved to be correct in 2011!! Imagine if you had taken our advise and invested in 2008 you would have doubled your money in 36 months!

Rice prices 'to keep on rising' The price of rice has risen by 70% in the past year

Rice prices are set to keep rising as demand for the staple is outstripping production, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has said.

The Philippines-based body said in its Rice Today publication that more research was needed in how to increase rice productivity.

The price of rice has risen by as much as 70% during the past year, with increases accelerating in recent weeks.

Several rice-producing countries have put curbs on exports in recent weeks.

'Research needed'

"Longer term demand-supply imbalance is clearly indicated by depletion of stock that has been going on for several years," said Sushil Pandey, agricultural economist at the IRRI.

BBC NEWS RICE DAY A BBC News focus on the impact of steep rises in the price of rice, staple food of 3bn people Coverage on radio, TV and online from Bangladesh, India, Philippines, West Africa and California Special report: Food price crisis "We have been consuming more than what we have been producing and research to increase rice productivity is needed to address this imbalance."

The institute said several factors were behind the rise in rice prices.

Land for producing rice and irrigation water is being lost to industrialisation and urbanisation.

The growing appetite among Asia's burgeoning urban middle class, especially in India and China, for meat and dairy products is also leading to less land for rice production.

Factors such as the flooding in Indonesia and Bangladesh and recent cold weather in Vietnam and China have also hurt production, it said.

Export restrictions are in place in major rice producing countries such as India, China, Vietnam and Egypt

Rice is the staple food for about three billion people worldwide.

The prices of soybeans, corn and wheat are also near historic highs.

Rice prices soaring as wholesalers increase inventories Kyodo Prices for rice harvested in 2010 in Japan have been rising sharply in trading between wholesalers as the nuclear crisis in Fukushima Prefecture has prompted them to increase inventories out of concern about possible supply shortages, according to market watchers.

Market research firm Rice Databank Co. said the Akitakomachi brand of rice produced in Akita Prefecture was quoted at ¥18,700 per 60 kg last Wednesday, up 49.6 percent from its high of ¥12,500 in the Kanto region on March 9, two days before the quake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

The Koshihikari brand of rice cropped in the Chuetsu area of Niigata Prefecture jumped 40.6 percent to ¥27,000.

The steep price rises reflect a shortage of rice available for trading as wholesalers are increasing holdings to secure supplies for supermarkets and other mass retailers. They fear shipment restrictions could be imposed on rice crops from the Tohoku and Kanto regions if radioactive substances in excess of permissible levels are found, a Rice Databank official said.

As the distribution of rice traded between wholesalers is limited, retail prices are unlikely to rise sharply at mass retailers, who procure rice at fixed prices under long-term purchase contracts with wholesalers.

But smaller retailers are starting to complain about difficulties in securing popular brands of rice.

Prices may continue rising in trading between wholesalers until this year's crops are harvested and the presence of any radioactive substances is determined, market watchers said.

Forecast $16bn in Brazil forest carbon credits Carbon News and Info > Climate & emissions news > Forest carbon

Monday, 23 November 2009 Brazil stands to earn up to $16 billion a year in carbon market payments for protecting the Amazon rainforest, the Brazilian Carbon Markets Association says. The estimated range of the annual value of potential carbon credits that could be generated from avoided deforestation activity is $8bn to $16bn, Flavio Gazani, head of the Association, told Reuters, although the figures would appear to be optimistic.

The UN’s REDD initiative is currently drafting plans for an international payment system to fund forest conservation in developing countries from 2013. Negotiations are advancing slowly, however, as with most aspects of a new global climate change agreement that was to be concluded at Copenhagen next month.

The Brazilian government has set ambitious targets to cut national carbon emissions from industry and land use as its contribution to the UN negotiating process. And the overall emissions reductions target relies heavily on the contribution from the forest sector. Gazani says that carbon credits from protecting standing forests would make the target easier to achieve.

The government has come around to supporting a market mechanism to underpin REDD, after originally favouring a fund-based approach bankrolled by developed world governments, Reuters said.

Gazani says that Brazil should consider the forest carbon opportunities from the existing voluntary carbon market as well as any emerging UN regulated market. The voluntary market is currently providing direction to the design of a huge potential US market in REDD carbon credit offsets, one of the underpinnings of cap and trade laws being debated currently in Congress.

The basis of Gazani’s estimates were not revealed but at industry ballpark estimates of $5 per tonne for REDD carbon credits, it is hard to see how the forecasts billions could be achieved, even if building up to those levels over time. It would require 1.6 billion tonnes of avoided carbon emissions to generate $8 billion in credits, equating to many millions of square kilometers saved from clearing every year. Amazon deforestation was 7000 square kilometres in 2008-09, down from 13,000, according to official figures.

A slowing in deforestation in Brazil reduces the potential size of REDD payments by lowering the national deforestation baseline against which emission savings would probably be calculated.
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According to the Spanish newspaper El País last week, Spain will be the first big buyer of CO2 emission rights from Eastern Europe, in order to fulfil the Kyoto Protocol. In 2007, Spain's emissions had increased by 50% since 1990, although the Kyoto protocol only allows a 15% increase for EU countries. "Luckily" the Kyoto protocol allows countries to sell and buy surplus emission rights. Hungary and other countries from Eastern Europe have a surplus on CO2 emission rights due to the closing down of some of their most contaminating factories in the early 90ies.

The Spanish ministry of environment has already finalised a deal with Hungary to buy 6 million tonnes of CO2 and is negotiating with Poland, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania and Estonia to buy more excess carbon credits that these counties accumulated with the closing down of their factories after the fall of the Berlin wall. The Spanish government admits that it needs 159 million tonnes (an optimistic number according to El País) due to the excess of emissions from transport and households. Other predictions reveal that the Spanish industry will have to buy almost the same number of tonnes if they cross the limits set by the Kyoto Protocol.

Here are the three trading schemes set by the Kyoto Protocol under which emission credits can be bought and sold, as explained by Reuters:

One scheme under Kyoto allows nations that are comfortably below their emissions targets to sell excess quotas to other signatories in the form of credits, called Assigned Amount Units (AAUs), that are not necessarily related to emissions cuts. Another scheme allows rich nations to invest in clean energy projects in poor nations, and in exchange receive offsets called CERs. The third scheme sees rich countries buy offsets called ERUs from similar projects in former communist countries.

The Spanish government calculates to spend 1.2 billion Euro to satisfy the Kyoto Protocol, including the cost of green energy projects mainly in Latin America. There, long before looking into buying credits from Eastern Europe, Spain has launched projects to produce clean energy and hence offset 60 million tonnes of CO2. Not enough to comply with Kyoto, which is why Spain went shopping to Eastern Europe, something a lot of environmentalists criticise.

Critics argue that these contaminating factories in ex-communist countries, which closed down shortly after 1990, did not do so in order to benefit the environment, but because they were inefficient anyway and couldn't keep up with production. It is said that the right of Eastern European countries to sell emission credits allows them not to have to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, the CO2 credits that can be bought from Eastern Europe have been labelled as "hot air", to demonstrate that they are not generated as a result of investment in clean energy, but rather a cheap way for countries to meet commitments under Kyoto. Joaquim Nieto, President of Sustain-Labour, International Labour Foundation for Sustainable Development, confirms that "the purchase of hot air is the worst of the options, because it doesn't reduce the emissions".

Carbon credits
How many of you know what a carbon credit is? How it works

OK! say you open a factory and the government will issue you with the number of "Credits" These credits dictate how much  carbon levels your factory is allowed to  emit into the atmosphere. To ensure you can  manufacture your product there is a agreement on that level between both parties. If you then decide to up your out put for what ever reason, and your carbon emissions exceed the carbon credits. You must then buy more credits on the market (Thats where the investor will see a substantial increase in return on their carbon credit investment!)  You, the factory owner, must then look for a way to reduce the carbon footprint.
How? Well one way is to invest in more effcient manufacturing process. Cut down on the volume of carbon your factory is releasing into the atmosphere, it will take time to do this. All the time this is going on you need to continue to buy carbon credits. But eventually you reduce your carbon emission by a number of ways using solar power or  fitting filters. So  this will help reduce global warming, Its a win for planet earth,its a win for the government, its a huge reward for the shrewd investor. Have a look at our Carbon Credit opportunities in Africa and Brazil
Just read a very interesting article from the BBC WORLD NEWS web site
 "China's seemingly insatiable appetite for luxury is a boon for yacht-builders, and other makers of luxury goods, at a time when traditional markets in Europe and the US are struggling."
But it is not all smooth sailing in China for the predominantly European makers of these rich man's toys.
No-one doubts that China's billionaires have deep enough pockets and a taste for ostentation that a super-yacht amply satisfies.

But high taxes, onerous regulation and a lack of suitable marinas and berths may limit the industry's expansion.

I would like your feed back on fractionlising marina berths and yachts in Hong Kong

I already have the location in mind. I visited there 3 years ago, on my journey around Asia and the Middle East

Look at the photograph, a empty marina 5 miles from Hong Kong, now read on..


"There is also a lack of marinas and the ones that do exist are hardly Monte Carlo standard".

Once China opens up its coastline, it will become like a new French Riviera," says Albert Wu, general manager of the Gold Coast yacht club.

Demand for yachts is also growing despite a 43% tax on boats imported into China - although many buy and keep their vessels in Hong Kong to avoid paying the duty.

Circumnavigatre no pun intended Ship Ahoy! Circumnavigate the tax issuie. Fractionlise the yacht by forming a company on the channel Islands or I.O.M.Sell the shares of the company to Chinese's nationals