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Paraguayan Agriculture

Paraguay’s organic potential


Since 2013, fields for organic crops, such as sesame pictured above, have increased by 15% around the world, which means there are now 43 million hectares under organic cultivation

Leading company BioExport is looking for partners to help it meet growing global demand for organic food products Jan 26, 2016

Agriculture | South America | Paraguay



LOCATION:

Central South America, northeast of Argentina, southwest of Brazil



MAP REFERENCES:

South America



AREA:

total: 406,752 sq km



AREA - comparative:

slightly smaller than California



LAND BOUNDARIES:

total: 4,655 km

border countries (3): Argentina 2,531 km, Bolivia 753 km, Brazil 1,371 km



CLIMATE:

subtropical to temperate; substantial rainfall in the eastern portions, becoming semiarid in the far west



TERRAIN:

grassy plains and wooded hills east of Rio Paraguay; Gran Chaco region west of Rio Paraguay mostly low, marshy plain near the river, and dry forest and thorny scrub elsewhere



NATURAL RESOURCES:

hydropower, timber, iron ore, manganese, limestone



LAND USE:

agricultural land: 53.8%

arable land 10.8%; permanent crops 0.2%; permanent pasture 42.8%

forest: 43.8%

other: 2.4% (2011 est.)



LANGUAGES:

Spanish (official), Guarani (official)



RELIGIONS:

Roman Catholic 89.6%, Protestant 6.2%, other Christian 1.1%, other or unspecified 1.9%, none 1.1% (2002 census)



POPULATION:

6,783,272 (July 2015 est.)

country comparison to the world: 105



GOVERNMENT TYPE:

constitutional republic



CAPITAL:

name: Asuncion

geographic coordinates: 25 16 S, 57 40 W



INDEPENDENCE:

14 May 1811 (from Spain)



LEGAL SYSTEM:

civil law system with influences from Argentine, Spanish, Roman, and French civil law models; judicial review of legislative acts in Supreme Court of Justice



GDP - real growth rate:

4.4% (2014 est.)

14.2% (2013 est.)

-1.2% (2012 est.)



GDP - composition, by sector of origin:

agriculture: 19.2%

industry: 18.3%

services: 62.5% (2014 est.)



AGRICULTURE - products:

cotton, sugarcane, soybeans, corn, wheat, tobacco, cassava (manioc, tapioca), fruits, vegetables; beef, pork, eggs, milk; timber



INDUSTRIES:

sugar, cement, textiles, beverages, wood products, steel, base metals, electric power



EXPORTS:

$13.45 billion (2014 est.)

$13.44 billion (2013 est.)



EXPORTS - commodities:

soybeans, livestock feed, cotton, meat, edible oils, wood, leather



EXPORTS - partners:

Brazil 30.8%, Russia 10.8%, Argentina 7.4%, Chile 6.9%, Netherlands 4.5% (2014)



IMPORTS:

$11.86 billion (2014 est.)

$11.86 billion (2013 est.)



IMPORTS - commodities:

road vehicles, consumer goods, tobacco, petroleum products, electrical machinery, tractors, chemicals, vehicle parts



IMPORTS - partners:

Brazil 28%, China 25.5%, Argentina 14.6%, US 7.9% (2014)






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