Paraguaçu

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Location of Paraguçu in the state of Minas Gerais

Paraguaçu is a municipality in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. The population in 2007 was 19,603 in a total area of 425 km². The elevation of the municipal seat is 825 mts. It became a municipality in 1911.

Paraguaçu is part of the IBGE statistical microregion of Alfenas. It is west of Alfenas and is linked by BR-491. The distance is 25 km. Other distances are:

Neighboring municipalities are Campos Gerais, Três Pontas, Eloi Mendes, Cordislândia, Machado, Alfenas and Fama.

The climate is mainly mild with rains in the months of September to April. The average annual rainfall is 1,200 milímeters. The average annual temperature is 21 °C; the average minimum is 13 °C; and the average maximum is 28 °C.

The main economic activities are agriculture and livestock raising, with production of coffee and dairy products. There are also textile industries. The main crops are coffee (7,000 ha. in 2006), corn (5,500 ha.) and modest production of potatoes, rice, and beans.

In 2006 there were 685 rural properties with a total agricultural area of 20,977 ha. of which about half was planted in crops. The landholding system can be characterized as minifundio.

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Coordinates: 21°31′59″S 45°45′59″W / 21.53306°S 45.76639°W / -21.53306; -45.76639