Agriculture and Mennonite Colonies in Paraguay22.3S 60W
Populated and agricultural areas dot the plains east of the Andes Mountains (left edge) in western Paraguay and northwestern Argentina.
The Paraguayan land, covering the upper half of the image, north of the Pilcomayo River, is part of the department of Boquerón. It is the country’s largest department, with an area of 91,669 km2 (35,394 sq mi), but its population is only 45,617 (2002 census).
The department includes the Russian Mennonite colonies of Fernheim, Menno and its administrative center Loma Plata and Neuland. The capital is Filadelfia. These cities are all clustered in the large tan area to the east, on the Paraguayan Chaco.
The western region of which Boquerón is part, with two percent of the Paraguayan population, produces nearly the 65% of the milk and meat of the country. High agricultural output is linked to the advanced technology and industry of the Mennonite settlements.