Alto Paraguay Department
|Alto Paraguay Department|
|density||0.2 inhabitants per km²|
Alto Paraguay ( Guaraní : Alto Paraguái ) is one of a total of 17 departments in Paraguay . In the east, the Río Paraguay forms the border with Brazil , in the north it borders on Bolivia , in the west on the Department of Boquerón , in the south on the Department of Presidente Hayes and in the southeast on the Department of Concepción . In terms of area, it is the second largest department in the country, but with 17,500 inhabitants it is the poorest in population.
Today's Alto Paraguay was created in 1992 from the merger of the old Chaco and Alto Paraguay departments ; it corresponds to the Olimpo administrative district, which existed until 1945 .
Livestock makes up 90% of the department's economy and continues to grow. The low land price and the rising world market prices for meat are leading to ever greater investments by domestic and foreign investors in this branch. From 2005 to 2015, the number of animals rose from 750,000 to over 1,750,000. At the same time, large parts of the forest were cut down to create grazing land. With a few exceptions, agriculture is non-existent. The fruit and vegetables are delivered from other parts of the country. One problem is the lack of road infrastructure due to the low population density. For example, there are no bridges over the Río Paraguay to the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso .
- Population statistics (PDF) dgeec.gov.py , p. 37.
- La economía de Alto Paraguay y el déficit de infraestructuras abc.com.py , January 10, 2016, accessed on October 4, 2018.
- Datos importantes portalguarani.com , accessed on November 4, 2018.