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Uberaba is a city and
municipality in the west of the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil.
Chico Xavier, Brazil's most famous
population was 287,760 (2007) with an area of 4529.7 km², giving a
density of 60.71 people per km². It is located on a plateau at an
elevation of 785 meters and is in the Uberaba River
floodplain. It became a city
also a statistical micro-region including 07 municipalities:
Florido, Conceição das Alagoas, Conquista, Delta, Uberaba, and
In 2000 the population was 287,618
inhabitants in a total area of 9,392.60 km². The population density
was30.62 inhab/km² (2000).
The town was founded in 1809
Antonio Eustáquio Da Silva e Oliveira. The name was taken from a
brazilian native language, and means "bright water". It was
classified as Indian territory on February 1811 and then as a
with the name of Santo Antônio
e São Sebastião do Uberaba
. Uberaba became a city on February 22
known as Triângulo Mineiro,
where Uberaba is located, was part of the Territory of Goiás until
1816, when it was joined with Minas Gerais.
district of Peirópolis, located 19
km from the city's center, is an important Cretaceous paleontological site, first studied by the
Brazilian paleontologist Llewellyn
The city is also famous in Brazil for having been the home of
who was a very respected
and popular Kardecist spiritism
Uberaba is the trade centre of an important agricultural area,
now becoming an important activity as new two ethanol plants are
being implanted on the city. A well-known cattle and agricultural
exhibition is held there each May. In 2006 there were 133,204 head
of cattle on 825 establishments, 4,216,778 head of poultry on 448
establishments and 36,230 head of swine on 303 establishments. Milk
production was substantial with 29,542 liters being produced a day
on 576 farms in 2006.
The city's well-developed industries include cement
and phosphate fertilizer
plants, processed foods (sweets),
, shoe factories, furniture
factories and electronics represented by a Black & Decker
The city also has around twenty four chemical companies which are
the largest producers of phosphated fertilizers in Latin America.
Among them are Fosfertil, FMC, Sipcam Isagro Brasil, Bunge,
Agronelli and DuPont.
Uberaba is known nationally as a center of livestock genetic
improvement and as an important producer of grain in Minas
transported by rail and road to Belo Horizonte, the state capital 460 km to the east, and to
neighbouring communities in Minas Gerais and São Paulo states.
The city is one of the largest promotional centers of cattle
auctions in the country. During the expositions of zebu cattle,
there are many events, which attract Brazilians and foreigners.
During the year there are about 300 auctions with the sale of about
200,000 animals for reproduction, fattening, and milk.
The most famous is the Expozebu promoted by ABCZ
, the greatest exposition of zebu
in the world, which takes place every year in
Main agricultural crops in planted area (2006)
- Bananas: 28 ha.
- Coffee: 1,000 ha.
- Oranges: 1,410 ha.
- Tangerine: 168 ha.
- Cotton: 3,145 ha.
- Rice: 543 ha.
- Peanuts: 100 ha.
- Potatoes: 2,190 ha.
- Sugarcane: 36,000 ha.
- Onions: 450 ha.
- Beans: 1,450 ha.
- Manioc: 1,300 ha.
- Corn: 50,000 ha.
- Soybeans: 100,000 ha.
- Sorghum: 1,250
- Tomatoes: 240 ha.
- Wheat: 336 ha.
Farm information in 2006
- Number of farms: 1,093
- Agricultural area: 282,692 ha.
- Planted area: 105,000 ha.
- Area of natural pasture: 112,678
- Workers related to producer: 1,764
- Workers not related to producer: 2,533
Uberaba is an important university city. The nine colleges and
universities offer approximately 94 courses at the undergraduate
level and 49 at the graduate level. The main schools are: