Paraguay & Brazil sign cotton cooperation agreement
The Central South American country of Paraguay has signed an
international cooperation agreement with Brazil and the United
Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), with the aim of
combating the pest weevil that has been damaging the cotton
fields in the country, and increasing cotton production.
According to a statement issued by the Paraguayan Ministry of
Foreign Relations (MRE), the agreement ‘Strengthening
Cooperation Program of the Cotton Sector through South-South
Cooperation’ was signed between Paraguayan Minister of Foreign
Affairs Eladio Loizaga, United Nations (UN) resident coordinator
in Paraguay Dona Cecilia Ugaz and Fernando Jose Marroni de Abreu,
Director General of the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) at
the MRE office in the Paraguayan capital city of Asuncion.
The program forms part of the Paraguayan government’s efforts
to revive the cotton sector of the country in order to make it
as an income generating crop for farm families in Paraguay,
through establishing various policies that could improve the
production capacity and provide technical assistance to cotton
growers in the nation.
Under the agreement, the program would be funded by the
Brazilian Cotton Institute (IBA) through the ABC and the
Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA), with a
total budget of US$ 2.03 million.
Minister Eladio Loizaga expressed gratitude on behalf of
Paraguayan Minister of Agriculture Jorge Gattini and said that
the cooperation agreement signed between the two countries is
the most important, since it is a project that would be
beneficial to the rural families.
The signing of the agreement demonstrates the commitments of
the governments of Brazil and Paraguay towards developing the
cotton industry that could lead to further development of the
textile industry in the country.