Paraguayan sesame producers expect to sow 60,000 hectares in sapphire by 2019-2020
oct 10 2019

The official launch of the 2019-2020 sesame campaign was held on Monday in the department of San Pedro, northern Paraguay, with the forecast to reach a total of 60,000 hectares of seed at the country level. The producers revealed that the planting would have an oil yield of 600 kilos per hectare, with a fixed price of 6,000 Guarani (1 dollar) per kilo.The event was attended by the Paraguayan President, Mario Abdo Benítez, the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Rodolfo Friedmann, and the Paraguayan general director of the Binational Itaipú, Ernst Bergen, among other authorities.

At a press conference, Minister Friedman announced that the Paraguayan government will fund a total of 13,000 hectares of cultivation for the current planting, 8,000 in San Pedro and 5,000 in Concepción, respectively. For his part, Bergen reported on the delivery of a total of 17 refurbished tractors, with their respective trailers, by the Itaipú Binacional to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock to allocate for the modernization of the family peasant agriculture.

He pointed out that these machineries will benefit small producers from a total of four departments: San Pedro, Concepción and Canindeyú in the north, and Guairá, in the south central region.In his turn, the president of the Paraguayan Chamber of Exporters of Sesame (Capexe), Pericles Valinotti, said that the department of San Pedro has a special meaning for the sector, since there the cultivation of the sesame in Paraguay began more than 27 years, being the department with the largest cultivated area.

In this sense, he said that in this area they hope to achieve in this department an area of ​​35,000 hectares, which will generate a strong economic boost in the region, involving about 14,000 small and medium-sized producers from a total of 21 districts. He recalled that the previous sesame sap, 2018-2019, generated direct revenue for producers of about $ 33,500,000, with Japan being the main destination market for Paraguayan oilseed.