Asunción, IP Agency.- Itaipu Binacional reported that soil mechanization work has begun to strengthen family farming in the different departments of the intervention area of a project financed by the institution. Some 2,500 families will benefit from this new agricultural undertaking.
This is the project “Inclusion of family farming production chains (Prodicaf)”, financed by Itaipu, and implemented by the United Nations Office of Project Services (Unops). The initiative has the technical support of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG).
Managers involved in the agreement, managers and prosecutors of itaipu Binacional, with the advice of technicians from Unops and MAG, accompanied the execution of the conditioning works of plots in the Itakyry and Juan E. O’Leary districts, of the department Upper Parana.
Similarly, they talked with producer beneficiaries of the project, who expressed their gratitude for the support provided by the Government through the Entity.
Elvio Sosa, head of the Itaipu Studies Division, commented that following the instructions of President Abdo Benítez, these works are carried out in favor of the most vulnerable population in the country.
“Soil preparation work is being carried out on new plots corresponding to family farming, with the aim of incorporating them into production chains, through the increase in the competitiveness of the production of small farmers,” explained Sosa.
In his turn, Luis Cattebeke, manager of the Binational agreement, remarked that the conditioning works of plots that are being carried out in the different departments consist mainly of clearing, application of lime, passing of harrows and planting of corn.
Everaldo Acosta, mayor of the Juan E. O’Leary district, valued the accompaniment they receive from the Central Government through the Binational and thanked on behalf of the beneficiaries for having bet on the reactivation of the rural economy.
Some 2,500 families benefited
At least 2,500 families in various districts of the country will benefit from this new agricultural enterprise that has the financial contribution of the Entity for about USD 4 million, within a one-year execution period.
The budget execution contemplates the acquisition of inputs such as seeds, agricultural lime, and others for the planting of a total of 2,500 hectares. The preparation of soils and mechanized planting of 2,500 hectares through the use of technologies that allow increasing crop yields are also planned.
Productive kits, including implements to strengthen production, will be acquired for later delivery to the beneficiaries. The provision of fuel for logistical and technical support of the Directorate of Agricultural Extension (DEAg) is also completed.
On the other hand, as it is a project that seeks sustainability over time, capacity building workshops are being held for the technical training of the actors involved, as well as support for the commercial strengthening of producer associations through fairs and/or or other activities.
In the first stage of the project, socioeconomic data was collected for the baseline of the project with the verification of the respective plots. Currently, the plots are being prepared for planting corn. The main objective is to incorporate new plots of land into family farming, in order to strengthen the economy of the rural population, which was strongly affected by the drought that hit the country the previous year.