Yesterday local residents in El Palmar held an Agriculture Fair to show off their crops. The Fair was a huge event; the governor of the department was in attendance, as well as a number of local mayors. There were horse races and other games, and judges were there to select the best crops.

El Palmar

Many residents said that these crops that they are now growing are because of the road that Mano a Mano built here 6 years ago. With the road, they said, they could now grow crops in addition to what they grew for their own consumption because they knew they could transport the produce to market before it rotted. 

We are currently improving their access further, building a 56-kilometer road that will connect them to the larger markets in Tarija and Santa Cruz. This new road is 33% complete and should be done later this year. You can find more pictures from the Agriculture Fair here.