Last modified: 2020-08-02 by ian macdonald
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image by Dirk Schönberger,
1 March 2012
The municipality of Não-Me-Toque (17,185 inhabitants in 2017; 36,170 ha) is
located 300 km north-west of Porto Alegre.
Não-Me-Toque is the cradle of Dutch immigration to Rio Grande do Sul; the first colonists settled there in 1949, when Vila de Não-Me-Toque formed the 2nd district of the municipality of Carazinho.
The municipality of Não-Me-Toque was established by State Law No. 2,555 promulgated on 18 December 1954.
On 9 December 1971, the municipality was renamed to Campo Real (Royal Field), as a tribute to wheat, the municipality's main crop. A plebiscite prescribed by State Law No. 6,601 promulgated on 27 September 1973 prompted the restoration of the municipality's original name on 27 December 1976.
A pioneer project of digital agriculture, called Aquarius, was initiated in the 2000s by several private partners and the Federal University of Santa Maria; the project was taken over in 2005 by the Cotrijal cooperative and different municipalities. Não-Me-Toque was granted the title of National Capital of Digital Agriculture by Federal Law No. 12,081 promulgated on 29 October 2009.
The origin of the odd name of the municipality, lit. Touch-Me-Not, is disputed. The spiny shrub Dasyphyllum spinescens (Lessing) Cabrera, locally known as St. Anthony's Thorn or Touch-Me-Not, could have grown profusely in the area. Fazenda Não-Me-Toque is listed on a public document issued in Passo Fundo on 20 July 1885.
Ivan Sache, 1 August 2020
The flag of Não-Me-Toque is white with the municipal coat of arms.
The coat of arms of Não-Me-Toque is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 270 promulgated on 10 December 1962.
A Portuguese shield, per pale, in chief on a field vert (green) an oxen argent standing on a vast plain enclosed by an old ranch's gate argent, the two symbols on a field vert representing the municipal past and cattle-breeding that impelled the settlement of the region. In base, on a field gules (red), symbolizing fecundity, force and work, a plow or, representing agriculture, which has been the modern resource, more or less since 1900.
The shield surmounted by a four-towered mural crown argent. Beneath the shield a scroll azure (blue) inscribed "NÃO ME TOQUE - HONRA E LABOR - 18-XIII-1954", which is the date of the Law that established the municipality.
Leis Municipais database
Ivan Sache, 1 August 2020