Where today does one invest? Our advice remains in good value and essentials… water, food, energy and agriculture.
This makes good value agricultural land in Ecuador especially attractive… especially for those who would like a farming lifestyle to lower stress.
A Washington Post article by Juliet Eilperin entitled World’s Fish Supply Running Out, Researchers Warn sums up the problem. Here is an excerpt: An international group of ecologists and economists warned yesterday that the world will run out of seafood by 2048 if steep declines in marine species continue at current rates, based on a four-year study of catch data and the effects of fisheries collapses.
This especially applies to shrimp and the void created requires shrimp farms to fill the gap. Americans have an insatiable craving for shrimp, eating about 1.8 kilograms a year each. Shrimp is the most consumed seafood in America. People eat more shrimp even than canned tuna! Wild Gulf of Mexico shrimp provided about 7% to 9% of that supply, the oil spill hurt even this small percentage.
Ecuador is the only country among the top shrimp exporters to the United States that is outside Asia.
These Ecuador shrimp are large enough that two provide a meal!
The Humboldt Current creates one of the world’s most productive nutrient-rich waters that rise along the coast. This is a perfect condition for abundant plankton which leads to an eco region that teems with huge schools of small fish like anchovies and sardines.
The cool waters of the Humboldt Current provide a constant supply of food for big fish such as Dorado (coryphaena hippurus – also called dolphinfish), barracuda (sphyraena indiastes), blue and black marlin, yellow-finned and long-finned tuna (thunnus albacares, thunnus alalunga), snook and many other species.
Ecuador’s location… weather and the sea create good shrimp farming conditons.
Shrimp farm shown on Jean Marie Butterlin’s most recent Ecuador agricultural expedition..
Our Bahia contacts are one great reason to have an Ecuador farm around Bahia!
Jean Marie Butterlin lives in Bahia and heads the Ateam Ecuador that consists of contacts that reach from street sweepers to the highest echelons of power in the country.
Merri and I traveled all over Ecuador for more than a decade and worked hard to develop good contacts and help them. With 33,976 readers on our lists and adding over a thousand new readers a month we are one if not the most active site about Ecuador. Our contacts know this and that we can help them so they help us and make sure our readers get good service.
Jean Marie just sent this note about one of the real estate experts he uses to help readers in Bahia.
The wonderful beaches, stunning bay and ocean views, nice weather, nice people, safety and the seafood are great attraction to Bahia, Ecuador but the number one reason I came to live in Bahia with Pascale is….this man Ney Xavier Guttierez.
Ney Xavier Guttierez.
Xavier, as everyone calls him, is a Bahia native. He has followed in the footsteps of his father, who was an agri engineer and has been involved in shrimp farming for many years.
After coming to the US to study marine biology in California, he returned home to attend his family’s business i.e. shrimp farming.
His passion beside farming shrimp is ecology and helping Ecuador and Bahia in particular work on a sustainable environment program; he is an eco-activist, who works with the local communities to improve the air, water and soil quality.
His vision is very simple, work with the local communities to improve their quality of life by creating a sustainable environment, working on bio ecological agriculture, and creating jobs.
Xavier has worked in real estate on the coast of Ecuador from Puerto Lopez to Cojimies for the last eight years and knows the area extremely well.
I was fortunate to become not only his associate but also his friend. My wife, Pascale, is the godmother of his latest baby girl, Victoria.
A couple of years ago Xavier came to me with a great idea, to organize an agriculture expedition for new investors in Ecuador. I jumped on his great vision and this month we are doing our third and fourth agri expeditions.
Most of our clients have become good friends. Xavier has that unusual human quality where he quickly earns the trust of those who get to know him.
Xavier has lately pioneered a new way of raising shrimp that cuts the total variable cost of farming shrimps by a factor four!
His latest presentation to the Chamber of Agriculture of his findings earned him a long standing ovation.
I have seen a few stories on the internet about how good the shrimp business is in Ecuador. Imagine this, if you have Xavier on your side managing your shrimp farm, you operate at a fourth of the cost of your competition!
Theses are the kind of values we bring to our delegates beyond the value of the real estate itself, experience, innovation and trust.
There are very few shrimp farms for sale but we know the ones that are and our delegates after a long trip on a very bad road get to see several shrimp farms offered at very reasonable prices.
I am very fortunate to have Xavier help and you will be also if you join us for an Agricultural Tour.
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Ecuador coffee farm entrance.
The original owner spent two years searching for the perfect location to duplicate the exact terrain, altitude and growing conditions of the most successful coffee farms of Boquete, Panama and Columbia.
Terrain and coffee plants.
After walking with an altimeter in hand and talking to reclusive indigenous farmers, this region was discovered with all the perfect conditions to cultivate exceptional Arabica coffee trees.
Owners house with roof terrace.
This is a micro climate, blessed with abundant rainfall, in clean mountain air, bounded by a clear trout filled year around rushing river, protected from extremes of wind and large temperature fluctuations, perfect for growing coffee.
Open drying patio.
It has 11 hectares planted (manageable for a single owner), with approximately 50,000 Arabica, varietal Caturra (self pollinating) coffee trees which are perfectly distributed over a hillside interspersed with a variety of fruit trees for shade.
Oranges grown to protect coffee trees.
No problem selling this crop for top dollar due to its proven high quality. The coffee sales last year grossed $70,000 so after $25,000 expenses, $45,000 was the net income.
As well, an experimental 1 hectare of Geisha varietal. Geisha is considered to be one of the finest coffees in the world and garnered the highest auction record in coffee history, fetching $170 per pound in 2010. The first harvest of this varietal is expected in about 2 years.
Coffee plants grown in greenhouse on farm.
This Andean location provides an ideal environment for coffee growing without damaging the unique habitat of many species of birds. Arabica coffee trees are a major source of oxygen production. Each hectare produces 86 pounds of oxygen per day which is 50% of rain forest habitat. Ecuador is a biologically diverse country with an abundance of birds, amphibians, reptiles and butterflies. Inca Mountain Coffee Farm is ecologically in harmony with its environment.
The Arabica coffee trees are 6 years old, providing remarkable yields, allowing for continuous flowering and two annual harvests (major harvest Feb-Jun and minor harvest Oct-Nov).
Covered drying patio.
In the yearly Golden Cup competition, coffee from this farm was a finalist in 2011.
Seasonal worker harvesting coffee.
Owner’s house – 900 sq/ft, 2 bed, 1 bath, with lots of marble, built in cabinets in both bedrooms and upper roof porch
Caretaker’s house – divided into multiple rooms with bathroom
Land line phone installed and operational
110 and 220 volt electric lines
Equipment: 2 coffee bean pulpers with 2 water tanks, 2 weed whackers, misc. tools, scale for weighing coffee bags
1 large uncovered drying patio and 1 covered drying patio
2 full time highly experienced workers – monthly payroll is $650 (plus more during harvest for seasonal workers)
Average yearly expenses: $25,000 (all payroll, fertilizer, harvesting expenses, utilities, taxes)
This clean mountain river that runs year around with trout. Also, access to mountain water for farm irrigation, though it is rarely needed.
Farm is fenced along road.
You can set the date for your own tour.
Case Study #3: This third case study shows an American who has created a large Ecuador agri operation. This is the farming operation set up by Young Living Essential oils.
After creating a marketing system for the oils and farming in the USA, Gary and his wife…
moved to Ecuador… began a large farming operation as well as…
there own processing and a health spa.
Ecuador is a perfect place for many types of agriculture… large and small. Find your farm in the safe and efficient way on an Ecuador Agricultural Tour.
For efficiency and logistics this tour is strictly limited to 15 people… 4 persons per four wheel drive vehicle.
You can set the date for your own tour.
Read the Washington Post article World’s Fish Supply Running Out, Researchers Warn