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Brazilian launched project to reduce livestock carbon emissions

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Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA) launched on March 13 the project “Low Carbon Livestock: generating value in intensive meat and milk production”, which aims at organizing and planning sustainable production technologies within Brazil’s Low Carbon Agriculture Plan.

The action converges with the international commitments made by Brazil to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions in the agricultural sector. The proposal is to disseminate technologies that  will not only help reducing emissions, but also to  encourage waste recycling and a more effective management of natural resources, generating income for thousands of producers.

The new initiative is based on the “Low Carbon Swine Breeding” project, launched in 2016, which increased credit lines available to treat waste from swine breeding by 100%. The new initiative is a partnership with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA), and aims to increase the availability of credit for investments that can reduce the environmental impacts caused by agricultural activity.

Federal agriculture inspector Sidney Medeiros stated that the project has yielded good results for the programme: “The volume of investments obtained through the credit line went from R$ 12.7 million (between 2010 and early 2015) to R$ 25.6 million in just 18 months, not to mention the deployment, maintenance and improvement of waste treatment technologies that can generate biofertilizers, biogas and electricity.

Brazilian herds

Brazil has the largest bovine herd in the world, with 214 million heads, and exported the equivalent of US$ 5.9 billion in the segment in 2015. The country is the world’s second largest meat producer, according to a survey by the Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CNA), injecting R$ 167.5 billion in the economy per year and employing approximately 7 million people.

The priority given by the credit line to beef and milk cattle breeding – the latter one of the most important segments of Brazil’s agribusiness, producing over 35 billion litres per year – is aimed at meeting the demands of the consumer market, the importance of the activity for income generation and employment, and the pollution potential of livestock activity. (Source: Ministry of Agriculture)