In an unprecedented partnership, Brazil and China will integrate an experimental field of technological development in several agricultural production systems in the Northeast
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247 – In a milestone for Brazilian agriculture, the Launch Act of the Brazil-China Demonstrative Unit for Cooperation in Agricultural Development is scheduled to take place this Friday (2), starting at 4:30 pm, at Calçadão da Lagoa, in Apodi, Rio Great North.
The strategic partnership, which has the support of the China Agricultural University (CAU), the International Association for Popular Cooperation (AICP), the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST), the Association of Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers, the Consortium Interstate for Sustainable Development of the Northeast (Consórcio Nordeste) and the Federal Government through the Mais Alimentos program, formalizes the arrival of 31 machines destined for family farming.
The equipment will be distributed not only in Rio Grande do Norte, but also in states such as Paraíba, Maranhão and Ceará. In these regions, efficiency tests will be conducted on different types of soil and production systems, marking an unprecedented cooperation initiative between Brazil and China.
The partnership between the two countries began in 2023, when a Chinese delegation visited Brazil. The main objective is to strengthen agricultural mechanization in family farming and agrarian reform areas, aiming to significantly contribute to the production of healthy food in the national territory.
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The agreement establishes a testing period to evaluate the adaptation of the equipment to the Brazilian scenario. The expectation is that, in the future, the machines will be produced locally, boosting the national industry.
Currently, only 13% of peasant agriculture in Brazil is mechanized, compared to a significant 87% in China. The Northeast, a region that is home to around 50% of Brazilian peasant families, has limited access to agricultural machinery, estimated at just 3%.
AUTHORITIES PRESENT – The Launch Event will be attended by national and international authorities. Members of the China Agricultural University, the China Association of Agricultural Mechanization Industries and representatives of Chinese agricultural machinery companies will be present, as well as members of government institutions and public companies.
Among the distinguished guests, the governor of the state of Rio Grande do Norte, Fátima Bezerra, and the ministers Paulo Teixeira (Ministry of Agrarian Development), Alexandre Padilha (Secretariat of Institutional Relations), Márcio Macedo (General Secretariat of the Presidency) stand out. of the Republic) and Minister Luciana Santos (Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation). Confirmations were also received from César Aldrigui (Incra), Márcio Rosa (MDIC), Loroana Santana (ANATER), Edegar Pretto (Conab), Irajá Lacerda (Mapa) and the vice-president of Banco do Brasil, Luiz Gustavo.