ADM began operations in Paraguay in 1997 by purchasing the local grain divisions of Agrocereales and Silo Amambay. Today, we have more than 1300 employees in Paraguay. From our headquarters in Asunción, we process about 30 percent of Paraguay’s output of grain and oilseeds.
Soybean production in Paraguay has been growing, and in 2013, ADM opened a soybean crushing plant that produces protein meal for animal feed, as well as vegetable oil. The new plant, with a daily crush capacity of 3,500 metric tons, increases local crop-origination and export capacity. It’s located adjacent to an ADM fertilizer-blending plant in Villeta, near the capital city of Asunción.
ADM also operates 30 elevators in Paraguay, all of them in the fertile agricultural zone bordering the Parana River. In recent years, we have added elevators and expanded the storage and processing capacity of existing silos.
Since our founding in Paraguay, ADM has built its transportation operations by purchasing a trucking company, two river transportation companies – Naviera Chaco and America Fluvial – and by executing contracts to build more than 60 barges. Our river transportation group now operates 13 tugboats and 230 barges. We own one port facility and lease three more.
ADM values community involvement. Through company contributions and employee volunteer efforts, we support police and fire departments, sports clubs, forestry projects, literacy programs and educational efforts focused on agronomy, grain trading, basic mechanics and electrical skills.