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GDP growth in agriculture in the midst of the crisis shows resilience of the sector, highlights Faesp

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Fabio de Salles Meirelles, president of the Federation of Agriculture and Livestock of the State of São Paulo (Faesp), points out that the growth of 1.2% in the activity in the second quarter, in comparison with the same period in 2019, and 0.4% in relation to the three immediately preceding months, it showed the capacity of resilience, resilience and quality of the sector. "The rural environment managed to maintain its expansion in the very serious situation of Covid-19, in which the other areas showed significant declines, as shown by the Brazilian GDP data released by IBGE".

The positive contributions of agriculture and livestock refer to soybean (5.9%), rice (7.3%) and coffee (18.2%). "It should be noted that exports in general in our sector were also fundamental. While total foreign sales in the country fell 7.4%, those in agribusiness rose almost 10%. Highlight for beef, whose marketing abroad increased 25.7% in the first half, when agriculture also had a positive performance in foreign trade, 1.6% compared to the same period in 2019.

"São Paulo has a decisive role in the GDP results of Brazilian agribusiness, as it is an important producer of coffee, rice, peanuts, sugarcane, corn, fruits, soybeans, vegetables and greens. São Paulo's agriculture is also advanced, mainly in the regions of Andradina, Araçatuba, Barretos São José do Rio Preto and Presidente Prudente As for dairy cattle, the main producing regions are Vale do Paraíba, Campinas, Araraquara, São Carlos, Rio Claro, Mococa, Franca and Porto Ferreira.

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Support actions for rural areas in the pandemic

Fábio de Salles Meirelles pointed out that the results of agribusiness in the GDP of the second quarter were achieved with great effort and work. "In order for them to be reached, in addition to the efforts of each rural producer, there was a great mobilization of class entities, such as the actions we carried out within the scope of Faesp", he stressed, recalling: "In the first days of information about the pandemic, we instituted the Crisis Committee, to monitor and propose actions to support the field, in order to minimize the impacts on its activities and on the supply of food to the population ". The collegiate's first step was the creation of an intelligence group and network to monitor problems in real time and ensure the maintenance of operations in the supply chain, providing direct channels for producers to report their difficulties and needs.

Another initiative was "Pertinho de Casa", an application that makes it possible for consumers to purchase directly and whose success has prevented many families from joining the government's emergency aid line and the list of those rescued by the fraternity. "They are producing, selling, earning their money and serving thousands of people," explained the sector leader, also citing a campaign carried out across the state for people to give preference to ethanol to supply their cars. Action involved the adhesion of several city halls.

Action was also structured so that hundreds of seamstresses, many of them instructors in the SENAR-AR / SP (National Rural Training Service) courses, could produce millions of masks for producers and rural workers and the holy houses of mercy in the interior of São Paulo. "These women, many of them breadwinners, would be without income at the peak of the pandemic. However, they are working and maintaining themselves, in addition to helping to offer important protection equipment against contagion", stressed the president of Faesp, citing another initiative, Feira Segura, aimed at increasing the security of marketers and consumers.

Rural insurance

Faesp also played a strong role in asking the Government of the State of São Paulo to release the portion of the second semester, of R $ 26 million, to subsidize the rural insurance premium. In the first half, R $ 25 million had been released. "Now, we understand that another R $ 20 million is still needed, which we are pleading before the Secretariat of Agriculture and Supply", concludes Fábio de Salles Meirelles.