Giruá

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Giruá
Municipality
Location in Rio Grande do Sul state
Location in Rio Grande do Sul state
Giruá is located in Brazil
Giruá
Giruá
Location in Brazil
Coordinates: 28°1′40″S 54°21′0″W / 28.02778°S 54.35000°W / -28.02778; -54.35000Coordinates: 28°1′40″S 54°21′0″W / 28.02778°S 54.35000°W / -28.02778; -54.35000
Country  Brazil
State Rio Grande do Sul
Micro-region Santo Ângelo
Area
 • Total 855.92 km2 (330.47 sq mi)
Population (2015)
 • Total 17,198
 • Density 20/km2 (52/sq mi)
Time zone BRT (UTC-3)
 • Summer (DST) BRST (UTC-2)
Website www.girua.rs.gov.br

Giruá is a municipality in the northern part of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The population is 17,198 (2015 est.) in an area of 855.92 km².[1] It is located 474 km west of the state capital of Porto Alegre, northeast of Alegrete.

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Because of its rich volcanic soil, agriculture is important in Giruá, notably soy production. Its nickname is the Capital of Productivity. Other important crops are maize, wheat, sunflower and linseed.

History[edit]

The area of Giruá was first inhabited by the Guarani people, and in the 17th century Jesuit missions arrived. The name Giruá comes from jerivá, an indigenous word for the fruit of the butia palm.

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