Aquila hires farmers who speak finance

FarmerAlternative investment manager Aquila Capital has added seven farmers with a background in finance to a team that makes investment decisions based on trends in agriculture.

Aquila said it is continuing to focus on sheep, beef and dairy farming as well as arable farming including sugar cane.

The team will continue to be led by Detlef Schoen, who has led Aquila's agriculture investment operations since 2007. The team's headquarters will be in Singapore with regional management companies being established in New Zealand, Australia, Romania and Uruguay.

“We have seen a significant rise in demand for agricultural investment solutions by institutional investors and are close to closing an agricultural fund that is tailored specifically to cater to this demand,” said Schoen.

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