CHICAGO May 10 Agribusiness Archer Daniels
Midland said on Friday it opened a soybean crushing
complex in Villeta, Paraguay, that will boost its South American
oilseed crushing capacity by more than 20 percent.
The plant, constructed over three years adjacent to ADM's
fertilizer-blending facility in Villeta, has a daily crushing
capacity of 3,500 tonnes, or 1,277,500 tonnes per year. The
location of the complex near a port facility on the Paraguay
River allows for efficient crop buying and export, ADM said.
"The strategic location of our complex in Villeta enables
the full integration of our logistics," Juan Luciano, ADM
executive vice president and chief operating officer, said in a
statement. "Our barges arrive here with inputs for the
production of fertilizers and leave loaded with our soy
products. Trucks arrive with soy sourced from different regions
of the country, and return to the field with fertilizers
designed to meet the many and varied demands of productive,
The facility's construction includes integrated water
treatment system and biomass-fueled electric power generation.
More than 150 permanent jobs will be created at the plant.
Soybean production in Paraguay has been growing at an annual
rate of more than 10 percent for the past decade, the company
ADM began operations in Paraguay in 1997 by purchasing the
local grain divisions of Glencore and Silo Amambay. ADM now
processes about 30 percent of Paraguay's output of grain and
oilseeds, according the company's web site. ADM operates at
least 26 grain elevators in Paraguay, most in the fertile
agricultural zone bordering the Parana River.
ADM's transportation operations in Paraguay include a
trucking company. Its river fleet includes at least 10 tugboats
and 171 barges. ADM owns one port facility and leases three
With more than 265 processing plants, 460 crop buying
facilities and a global grain transport network, ADM competes
with Cargill, Bunge, Louis Dreyfus
and other large rivals to acquire grain in most of the
world's main crop exporting regions.