Increased support for family agriculture
The launch of the Brazil Rural Network and the delivery of machines to open, recover and preserve local roads improve the conditions for the flow and marketing of family agriculture products
RURAL BRAZIL NETWORK
The Rural Brazil Network is a virtual platform that facilitates access of family farmers to supplies, the consumer market, logistics and public policy. The portal will be operational in March. The website to register in or access the Rural Brazil Network is: http://www.redebrasilrural.mda.gov.br/
Through this virtual platform, family farmers are able to:
• Compare prices of supplies and transport;
• Make purchases with the BNDES credit card through their cooperatives and associations;
• Buy equipment, machinery and implements;
• Sell products directly to retailers or consumers through e-commerce;
• Sell their production to the Food Acquisition Program (Programa de Aquisição de Alimentos - PAA) and the National School Feeding Program (Programa Nacional de Alimentação Escolar - PNAE) through their cooperatives and associations.
MACHINES TO IMPROVE LOCAL ROADS
In December 2011, 114 backhoes were delivered in Rio Grande do Sul for the opening, rehabilitation and maintenance of local roads, corresponding to the first batch of machines tendered for this purpose under PAC 2. This year, another 71 backhoes have been delivered, one per municipality, to 31 municipalities in the state of Espírito Santo, 20 in the state of Rio de Janeiro and 20 in the state of Santa Catarina.
In total, 1,299 municipalities with population up to 50,000 have been selected in 26 states. Of these municipalities, 1,275 will receive backhoes and 12 will receive graders. The estimated investment for the supply of the machines to the selected municipalities is R$270 million.
By 2014, the total investment in machines for the opening, rehabilitation and maintenance of local roads is estimated at R$1.8 billion.
Improved roads of access to rural areas will enable enhancing flow and marketing conditions for family agriculture products, in addition to ensuring better living conditions for the rural population in many ways, including facilitating school transport and rural tourism.
AGRARIAN REFORM COUPLED WITH SUPPORT TO SETTLEMENTS
In 2011, 108 new settlements were established and 1.9 million hectares of land were incorporated, benefiting over 22,000 families under the National Agrarian Reform Program. As a result, settlement projects occupy an area of 87.5 million hectares, which are home to 931,600 families or about 4.3 million people.
Actions to support and monitor settlements:
• Credit: allocation of R$477.6 million, benefiting 61,200 families.
• Technical Assistance: in 2011, 288,100 settled families received productive, social and environmental follow-up and guidance.
• Education and Professional training: in 2011, 17,000 settled farmers attended basic education, higher education and specialization courses, in addition to secondary-level technical vocational courses, under the National Education in Agrarian Reform Program.
• Situation of settlements: in 2011, technical inspections were carried out in 28,200 lots, to assess the regularity of the settlements. The “Land Reform: This achievement is not for sale” campaign was launched to curb the sale of land. The goal of the campaign is to ensure that the land is destined to those who really need it.
• Basic infrastructure: construction of 3,400 km of roads to facilitate commuting for families and the flow of agricultural production. Other families have benefited from the construction or renovation of 23,700 houses and 261 water supply systems.
A total of 55,300 properties were regularized in 2011. In tune with the Brazil without Extreme Poverty Plan, the action ensures legal certainty to smallholders.
SMALL PRODUCERS MAY REFINANCE THEIR DEBT
Since November 2011, small producers with loans under the National Program for Strengthening Family Agriculture (Programa Nacional de Fortalecimento da Agricultura Familiar - PRONAF) have been able to renegotiate debts of up to R$30,000. The payback period is up to ten years, at the effective interest rate of 2% per year.
The initiative benefits producers in default as well as those who are current with payments but are struggling to make the payments.
For family farmers in the South who live in municipalities in a situation of emergency or public calamity due to drought recognized by the federal government, the deadline for payment of contracts under PRONAF has been extended to July 31, 2012. The measure applies to financing already renegotiated from previous harvest crops and financing and investment related to the 2011/2012 harvest. In this period, reports on losses will be prepared, allowing farmers with operations covered by agricultural insurance to receive the resources from this protection. More than 85% of financing in the South are already covered by the Family Agriculture Insurance (Seguro da Agricultura Familiar - SEAF), which means more than 390,000 contracts and an amount of R$3.1 billion insured in the 2011/2012 harvest.