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Paraguay - The agriculture sector (English)

Although agriculture is the most important activity of the Paraguayan economy, the country has barely tapped its agricultural potential. Paraguay's comparative advantage in agriculture lies in such products as soybeans, cotton, oilseeds, sugar, and tobacco, all of which are expected to have a strong demand in world markets and will, therefore, be a major determinant of economic growth during the next five years. The Government has committed itself to a policy of increasing the production of exportable agricultural commodities and expanding the area under cultivation through the colonization of virgin lands. In the future, the Government should attempt to overcome some basic constraints: (a) limited availability of developed land; (b) the low level of capitalization at the farm level; (c) lack of adequate roads and marketing infrastructure; (d) inadequate institutional capacity for sector planning and for service delivery; and (e) seasonal labor shortages. A fixed investment program consistent with an export-oriented strategy for the sector is recommended.

Details

  • Document Date

    1976/02/29

  • Document Type

    Pre-2003 Economic or Sector Report

  • Report Number

    933

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    Paraguay,

  • Region

    Latin America & Caribbean,

  • Disclosure Date

    2010/06/12

  • Disclosure Status

    Disclosed

  • Doc Name

    Paraguay - The agriculture sector

  • Keywords

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Paraguay - The agriculture sector (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/181701468285031138/Paraguay-The-agriculture-sector