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Agriculture production - Introduction

Companhia das Lezírias is the largest agriculture, cattle and forest farmstead in Portugal, covering the marshlands of Vila Franca de Xira, Charneca do Infantado and Pauis (Belmonte, Lavouras and Magos), totaling about 20,000 hectares.

The Lezíria [marshy land] lies between the Tejo and the Sorraia Rivers and is divided by the road Recta do Cabo (E.N. 10 - Vila Franca de Xira/Porto Alto) into north and south Lezíria.

The north Lezíria consists of about 1,300 hectares which are operated indirectly (tenant farmers).

The south Lezíria totals about 5,200 hectares, of which 3,000 are operated indirectly (tenant farmers) and about 2,000 are used for pastures and fodder production.

After the pastures and the fodder production area, rice is the predominant crop, covering an area of 1,100 hectares, followed by 140 hectares of corn.