Since 2018, the Economic Development Agency Local (Adel) advises and trains four (4) community associations and a (1) cooperative of farmers in the region of the Middle Curu, Apuiarés municipalities and General Sampaio; e, The metropolitan region of Fortaleza, municipalities Rattlesnake, Horizon and Maranguape. Total, 147 family farmers are benefited by Adel through sustainable Rural development project – PDRS/San Jose Project III.
The San Jose Project III focuses on the strengthening of family agriculture and the well-being of rural communities. Is an initiative of the Ceará state government through the Ministry of agrarian development (SDA), in partnership with the World Bank (BIRD). The project is developed by various institutions selected by bidding, being the Adel one.
The project proposal Are José III strengthens family farming, largely responsible for the production of food in Brazil. According to the Brazilian Institute of geography and statistics (IBGE), the country has more than 4 millions of farming families, which corresponds to 84% of agricultural establishments and accounts for approximately 33% the total value of production of the countryside. Within the productive chain of Brazil, the family farmer supplies the market with: cassava (87%), beans (70%), pork (59%), milk (58%), poultry meat (50%), corn (46%), among other.
In addition to providing good party food, family farming has become key in the construction of public policies, on adoption of financial incentives, in the formulation of rules and laws, in the creation of models of purchases, including the direct purchase by the Government, possible through the food acquisition Program (PAA) and National School Feeding Program (PNAE).
The groups advised by Adel via the San Jose Project work with beekeeping, being carried out, fruit-growing and dryland farming, This is, agricultural technique of cultivation in low land rain and land. The first actions developed in the project were: mobilisation of farmers, characterization of rural properties and preparation of work plans in each group.
The technical assistance is continuous and happens in every property. The trainings are carried out collectively from the demands and peculiarities of each group. Both activities aimed at the dissemination of sustainable techniques, agroecological and profitability to the representative entities and family farmers benefit, with inclusion and adaptation of new technologies in the productive enterprise. Also provide the inclusion and expansion of access to formal markets for farmers, including the food supply to government programs, as PAA and PNAE.
Trainings with farmers
Farmers consider the courses are fundamental to the development of agricultural activities. According To Francisco Alves, farmer residing in the settlement Bouquet, in General Sampaio, the workshops taught by Adel allow farmers access to knowledge. "The courses, meetings that we do, facilitates our work, the life, just goes to further refine our knowledge of the semi-arid ", points out Francisco.
The courses conducted by Adel productive groups involve several themes: associations, cooperatives, entrepreneurship, natural pesticides, importance of reforestation in beekeeping and agricultural activity, forage production and storage, good practices and conservation of food products produced by bees, organic agriculture practices, food management of bees, the preparation of business plans and marketing, cost management, among other.
"I think it's very important these meetings because we know of subjects we don't know. Present the projects that appear to benefit the community, also take questions from producers on various subjects, like to participate ", States Donesia, a farmer who lives in the settlement Bouquet, in General Sampaio.
For Adel projects specialist, Pollyanna Quemel, the impact of the project has been positive, beneficiaries are receiving systematic technical assistance visit. "This [the technical advisory], It's a very positive, because the farmer is being followed closely on a monthly basis, getting directions and applying in your day to day ", highlights.
Other perceived results along the actions were the increased social interaction and cooperation between farmers; raising the productivity and profitability of agricultural activities, What therefore generates employment and income; Economic and social inclusion of the families in the processes of production and processing of products; productive organization for the marketing process; In addition to the strong presence and participation of women in productive activities and moments of collective discussions.
Project activities implemented by Adel will follow until April 2019, with carrying out training and technical assistance in the production, management and marketing of the products of family agriculture. In addition to technical assistance to productive groups of São José III, the Adel develops several actions with family farmers in the northeast of Brazil. Through the new business area, the institution offers various services that contribute to the development and sustainability of agriculture.
The San Jose Project III
The prospect of the Sustainable Rural development project-PDRS/PSJ III is to increase the economic insertion, the added value of rural family ventures, with financing of productive projects in the context of promising production chains, with a view to strengthening these chains and sustainable family agriculture insertion in their respective markets.
The beneficiaries are farmers who develop agricultural and non-agricultural activities in rural communities represented by their organizations, such as: associations, condos or other cooperatives provided that legally constituted. Also benefit from specific social groups, such as Maroon, indigenous peoples, artisanal fishermen and other groups. The project aims to meet all 32.400 thousand families through the implementation of 490 Projects.
To learn more visit: https://www.sda.ce.gov.br/ugp-sao-josee-iii/