In an international event, the Minister of Agriculture made projections of the sector for the next ten years and released data on preservation in the rural area
Good for Nature label of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply focused on products from the country ‘s export agenda was presented on Monday (23), in Sao Paulo, during the international event Global Agribusiness Forum 2018 (GAF. The purpose of the seal is to associate products of the sector with their origin, conditions of quality, sustainability and international standards.
The identification is part of a policy of encouraging the opening of new markets, through a continuous plan of international negotiations, aimed at consolidating the country’s image as a producer and exporter of products safe for consumers. It is one of the measures aimed at achieving the goal of winning to raise Brazil’s share in the world food market from the current US $ 96 billion to around US $ 146 billion
The development of the seal was discussed with businesspeople at FIESP headquarters in June. The presentation at the entity’s headquarters, at the time, was part of an exhibition on the Strategy for Opening, Expansion and Promotion in the international market of Brazilian agriculture. Among the requirements to obtain the seal are good practices and animal welfare, compliance with legislation, international compliance, which includes the execution of compliance programs, the sustainable use of resources and the preservation of the environment .
Speaking at the event, the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Blairo Maggi, said nine associations representing dozens of companies show interest in joining the label.
Next ten years
In the next ten years, Brazil will produce 70 million tons of more grains, according to Maggi, jumping from 232 million tons to a harvest of 302 million tons in 2027/2028, driven mainly by soybean (156 million tons) and maize (113 million t), an increase of 30%. Meat (beef, pork and chicken) should increase from 27 million t to 34 million t, up 27% (+7 million t) over the same period.
“The increasing use of technology, such as no-till in the field of certified seeds and new cultivation methods, has been responsible for the increase in agricultural production (30%) and corresponds to twice the grain area variation (+ 14.5% ), “Explained the minister, commenting on the agricultural projection for the 2027/2028 crop.
Maggi also highlighted the fact that the area used for agriculture will not increase even 15%. Livestock farming has also introduced new technologies on a growing scale. The use of improved breeds, drug use, control of crosses, good management practices, among other techniques and procedures, have contributed to the performance and improvement of production.
The figures are part of the study of the Secretariat of Agricultural Policy of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply and of the Institutional Management and Development Secretariat of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (SIRE / Embrapa).
The research involved data from the National Supply Company (Conab), Embrapa, the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), the Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA), the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Maggi released data from Embrapa from new real estate insertions to the National System of Rural Environmental Cadastre (SiCAR), which is being finalized, which reveal the role of producers in environmental preservation. Farmers, cattle ranchers, foresters and extractivists destine the preservation of native vegetation more than 218 million hectares, equivalent to a quarter of the national territory (25.6%), according to Embrapa Territorial.
The figures were taken from the information provided by the Brazilian Forestry Service (SFB). On average, each farmer uses only half of his land, according to the data. The other half is occupied with permanent preservation areas (on the banks of water bodies and hillsides), legal reserve and surplus vegetation. The research center estimated the value of land assets immobilized in environmental preservation and reached a figure of R $ 3.1 trillion.