Tereza Cristina met with representatives of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Federation of Industries of the Country. (Keidanren)
Minister Tereza Cristina (Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply) started Thursday the agenda of commitments in Japan. The first was a meeting with the vice president of Japan’s International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Kazuhiko Koshikawa, and members of the organization.
At the meeting, the minister, accompanied by the Brazilian ambassador to Japan, Eduardo Saboia, presented data on agricultural production and areas with potential for foreign investment.
Tereza Cristina emphasized that JICA is a “long-time partner” in Brazil, citing the Brazilian Cooperation Program for the Development of Cerrados (Prodecer), which has more than 40 years of creation. According to the minister, Matopiba (which includes the Cerrado biome of the states of Maranhao, Tocantins, Piauí and Bahia and accounts for a large part of the Brazilian production of grains and fibers) is one of the areas with the possibility of joint action.
“We have come to revive these relations of cooperation, friendship and technological partnership with this institution that has already helped Brazil and we want it to remain our main partner here in Japan,” said the minister.
Jica’s vice president welcomed the improvement in the business environment in Brazil and recalled partnerships with the country in the 1970s and 1980s, such as the exploration of minerals in Carajás (PA) and the Celulose Nipo-Brasileira complex (Cenibra), installed in Minas Gerais. Koshikawa has shown an interest in replicating large projects like these in Brazil.
JICA has committed to helping Brazil attract Japanese investments in the transportation infrastructure for agricultural products (railways, highways and airports).
Later, the Brazilian delegation met with the Federation of Industries of Japan (Keidanren).
To the Japanese businessmen, Minister Tereza Cristina presented the Brazilian agribusiness sectors with interest in foreign investments. “There are opportunities throughout all productive chains of agribusiness: inputs, machinery, production, processing, storage, distribution and transportation. The continuous increase of productivity in the field will be realized through the implementation of innovative processes of production. The main areas of innovation that Brazil seeks external investments are: connectivity in rural areas, this is extremely important, precision agriculture, traceability, state-of-the-art agricultural mechanization and automation,” he said.
The minister also stressed that besides “an agricultural power, Brazil is also an environmental power.” Tereza Cristina mentioned that 66% of the national territory is covered with native vegetation and that the Forest Code determines the farmer to conserve 20% to 80% of the native vegetation, depending on the biome. Another measure highlighted by the Minister is the Plow-Livestock-Forest Integration (iPLF), which integrates the Low Carbon Agriculture Program. By 2016, according to the minister, about 12.6 million hectares were already practicing iPLF.
“Brazil joins the international community in its concern about the effects of climate change on agriculture and food security,” he said.
Tereza Cristina told the representatives of Jica and Keidanren that the measures adopted by the federal government to improve the business environment in the country, among them the Social Security reform and the Provisional Measure of Economic Freedom, published in April, the tax reform, debureaucratization and simplification of processes. “These measures should make Brazil an even more attractive destination for foreign investors,” he said.
Ambassador Eduardo Saboia pointed out that more than half of Japan’s beef and chicken imports come from Brazil, which testifies to product quality, as the Japanese market is considered one of the most demanding in the world. “Doubling the quality and safety of production, improve the business environment for domestic and foreign investors. In less than six months, the ministry has had important results in areas such as family farming, fishing and expansion of foot-and-mouth disease areas without vaccination. ”
The businessmen asked several questions about the Brazilian scenario and business opportunities in the country. Keidanren’s director, Takao Omae, pointed out that Brazil has shown interest in becoming more competitive in the export of grains and, for this, intends to improve the flow of production through ports. He recalled that 80% of the production is shipped via ports in the South of Brazil, and that it is necessary to increase the participation of the ports located in the North Region. According to him, this is a point of dialogue between Japan and Brazil.