On Friday, March 10, during the 2nd International Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development, the governments of Brazil and Paraguay signed a protocol of intentions for rural development in border regions.
The agreement, besides its aim of environmental preservation and increased productivity, provides for joint measures in favor of sustainable development, as well as stimulating projects in the area of human, animal, and plant health. The idea is to have a more efficient approach to combating diseases like dengue and hoof and mouth.
The Brazilian general director of the Itaipu Binational Corporation, José Miguel Samek, said he believes that the support of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will help the hydroelectric company’s projects in the area of joint operations on behalf of animal and plant sanitation.
For Victor Luiz Bernal Garay, the Paraguayan general director of the Itaipu Binational Corporation, the signing of the agreement "demonstrates that it is possible to move ahead with big endeavors and big challenges facing nations," as well as helping small rural communities.
The Itaipu Hydroelectric Plant is responsible for 25% of all the energy produced in Brazil and furnishes around 94% of all the energy consumed in Paraguay.