The producers were able to double the production of beans, as well as to ensure a better quality product, after receiving advice, technical assistance, and agricultural inputs.
Developed with producers from the communities of Rochedo, Córrego Preto and Leonel, in the rural area of Rio Casca (MG), the Feijão Project recorded important milestones: the increase in productivity, the holding of collective and individual dialogues, and the opening of the market for full commercialization of the crop.
Despite a smaller area being planted compared to 2019, the producers managed to double the production of beans, as well as ensuring a better quality product, after receiving advice, technical assistance, and agricultural inputs (standardized seeds, fertilizer, biosilicon for soil correction, Personal Protective Equipment – PPE).
The actions were developed in partnership with the areas of Economy and Innovation, Sustainable Land Use (UST), and Dialogue and Relationship channels of the Renova Foundation, with support from the entity Technical Assistance and Rural Extension Company (Emater-MG) and the company Alnutri Alimentos, owner of the Pink brand.
The producers harvested, in August 2020, 478 bags (60kg) of pinto beans. A total of 29 tons were sold entirely to the company Alnutri, which created an exclusive packaging for the product, called “Cultivo do Bem” (Cultivating Goodness).
In 2019, 210 bags (60Kg), were harvested in a larger planting area. It is worth noting that the beans produced last year did not fit into the minimum classification for sale, due to the lack of uniformity of the beans. Farmers used to do individualized and intermittent trading.
With the technical assistance, creation of a collective logic of cultivation and organization, in addition to other actions carried out by the Renova Foundation’s project, the beans grown in the rural communities of Rio Casca reached a score of 8.5, being characterized as Type 1, according to the technical evaluation of Alnutri, the company that bought the entire harvest to market the beans nationally.
It was not only the production that doubled. The price and turnover of producers also increased compared to 2019. DAs a consequence of the opening of the market the project made possible, the crop was sold in full for a value 120% higher than the average selling price of previous years.
This adds up to more than R$ 114 thousand in revenues for producers, benefiting 29 families. The loading of the trucks with the product took place at the end of August.
It is worth noting that the technical visit of Alnutri Alimentos to the communities, together with the Renova team, followed the recommended safety and health protocols to minimize risks of contamination by the new coronavirus.
The communities of Rochedo, Córrego Preto, and Leonel are formed by about 35 families whose agricultural activities were affected by the collapse of the Fundão dam, as their planting areas are located along the Doce River.
They are located inside the old Esmeralda farm, 30km away from the Rio Casca Town Hall, and their planting areas are on the banks of the Rio Doce.