Paraguay celebrates Farmers’ Day with the positive development of the sector – Prensa Latina

He said that thanks to the work of farmers in general, the negative economic impact of the epidemic could have been mitigated and they would become the main engine to support the rise to 3.5 percent of the estimated GDP for this year. Sector Minister Moises Santiago Bertone.

Throughout our history, farmers have adopted different technologies, from the simplest to mechanization, and we currently expect more and more small-scale producers to be included in agricultural value chains, the authority explained.

For his part, the head of the Agricultural Coordinator, Hector Cristaldo, stressed that “the work, investment, effort and dedication of the farmer has made this country among the main food producers, which contributes to internal and global food security.”

In the context of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19, Paraguay recorded $ 80 million in exports of soybeans, rice, sesame and chia derivatives only to Mexico in 2020, as explained last Thursday by the ambassador here. A country in North America, Juan Manuel Nungarai.

The agricultural sector contributes 30.4 percent of the GDP, divided into 22.2 percent from agriculture, 6.6 from livestock, 1.5 from forestry and 0.1 from fishing; It accounts for 40 percent of the country’s exports and more than 40 percent of the workforce.

Most of the production is focused on growing soybeans, whose yield has doubled by 17 since the mid-1980s, corn and wheat, while the three components account for 76 percent of total agriculture, according to World Bank data.

Farm Day was celebrated in this South American country coinciding with San Isidro Labrador Day (May 15), but since 1961, authorities have moved the celebration to the first Sunday after that date.

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