Origo to launch $300m agriculture fund

Beijing-based Origo Sino-India is setting up an agriculture-focused private equity fund which will invest globally with a bias for Australasia.

Origo Sino-India, an AIM-listed private equity and consulting company focused on China and India, is to raise a $300 million agriculture fund. 

While the fund will have a bias for Australasia, it will invest globally, Chao Yong, executive chairman of Origo Sino-India, told The New Zealand Herald. A source confirmed the report.

Wang is also the chairman and chief executive of China Equity, a private merchant bank engaged in venture capital, private equity, direct investments and investment management with a focus on Greater China. China Equity owns a minority stake in Origo Sino-India.

Origo currently manages Origo Resource Partners, a listed investment fund making private equity investments in natural resource opportunities in China and India. The firm also has investments in other sectors such as art and paper products, furniture, food and beverages, online gaming, anti-virus software, bio energy and mobile applications.

The firm also provides consulting services related to asset management, IPOs, M&A and fundraising. It was listed on AIM in December 2006.

Origo could not be reached for comment.