Geografia agrária do Baixo-Açu


  • Orlando Valverde
  • Myriam G. C. Mesquita


Açu, Rio, Vale – RN, Rio Grande do Norte, Economia agrícola, Geografia agrícola, Agricultura


This work, written by three geographers, is the result of field research in Applied Geography, for the end in view was to serve as a basis for measurements with regard to alimentary practices, carried out by the Emma Reh Mission, of the FAO, in the region of the Lower Açu, the center of which is the village of Santo Antônio. Nearly all the valley of the Piranhas or Açu lies in a hot semi-arid region, with less than 20 inches of rainfall per annum. The river is periodical and its bed has shifted to the east of the flood-plain. The vegetation is caatinga tropical scrub forest, except along the lower reaches where there are extensive graves of carnauba palms. The flood-plain of the Açu used to consist of vast states now subdivided lengthwise into strips as a result of successive inheritance, so that at the present time a property is considered large or small in accordance with the greater or lesser area of flood-plain or carnauba graves it covers.