- Posted by Mateus Ramos
Swimming against the tide of drought, farmer Fernando Mantuan, 27, stands out for his high productivity in grain and fruit crops. The secret is in irrigation: since 2015, it has placed water at the center of its management, having invested in 23 pivots to irrigate 1,850 of the 4,300 hectares located in the region of Araguari, MG. The producer works with the crops of corn, soybeans, beans, peas, sunflowers, sorghum, wheat, coffee, onions and potatoes, being a reference in quality for the market. "Since 2007, we plant tomatoes, I became one of the largest producers in Brazil. But, in 2015, we realized that the crop was in an unstable moment, and I saw great potential in the pivot to resume productivity", comments.
According to data released by the Cooperative of Rural Producers (Coopercitrus), the first two pivots installed, covering 280 hectares, were acquired through Coopercitrus projects, planned to generate greater efficiency with the rational use of water. "Today we have Coopercitrus as a great partner, present in the day-to-day of farming and everything that is converted into added value to our productivity", evaluates the producer.
Over the years, the irrigated area grew, reaching 1,850 hectares of the total. The water supply, with a capacity of 1.8 million liters of water per hour, is via dam, water reservoirs and artesian wells: "We plan to know how much water we will need per year, and within this plan I I know how many cubic meters of water I'm going to demand," explains the producer.
With the right amount of water throughout the year, Fernando achieved a differentiated level of productivity. On average, he calculates that each irrigated hectare represents the productivity of what four hectares of rainfed would have. The quality of production also increased, especially soy, with an average of 95 bags harvested per hectare.
"When we irrigate, we get out of risk. This generates more competitiveness in negotiations, because we start working with crops with high added value. Everything we can do to improve our business, we do", stresses the young man entrepreneur.
By: Aline Merladete | Agrolink
This text was automatically translated from Portuguese.