Frutificamines stimulates diversification

Frutificamines stimulates diversification
Frutificamines stimulates diversification

With the aim of updating, training and stimulating fruit growing in Minas Gerais, the 2024 Frutificaminas Circuit, promoted by the Minas Gerais Technical Assistance and Rural Extension Company (Emater-MG), will have 18 stages in 2024, three more than in last year. Throughout the year, rural producers from different regions of the State will participate in technical lectures with experts in the field of fruit growing. Learning is important for the fruit grower to apply new techniques in production or invest in a new crop to diversify income.

According to the Fruit Culture coordinator at Emater-MG, Deny Sanábio, Frutificaminas is important to stimulate fruit production throughout the State, in addition, it provides information to producers about varied fruit crops and encourages the diversification of production.

“The event is very important for producers. In it, we take fruit growing as an option for local, regional and state development. We show that it is a form of production diversification. We have examples where fruit growing entered as third, fourth product and continues as third, fourth product because the producer’s characteristic is being a livestock farmer or being a coffee grower or a grain producer, but fruit growing is there as a form of diversification. But there are also examples where fruit growing has already entered as a third, fourth product and today is the flagship of the property”.


According to data from Emater-MG, the first stage of Frutificaminas took place in March, in the city of Itamarandiba, in the Jequitinhonha Valley. At this stage, the subject was citrus farming – tangerines, lemons and oranges -, where the lecture addressed management, quality and productivity.

Fruit farming for diversification

With the theme “Fruit growing as an option for diversification and regional development”, throughout the year, there will be 17 more stages, in various regions of the State and addressing fruit growing according to the demand of local producers.

In addition to Itamarandiba, stages in Lassance (May 3) and São Gonçalo do Sapucaí (May 8) are confirmed. According to Emater-MG, the dates of the events in Matozinhos will also be announced; Vespasian; Uberlândia; Resende Costa; Golden Lagoon; Beautiful field; Machado, Delfim Moreira and São João do Paraíso.

The participation of rural producers in the Frutificaminas Circuit is free and registration takes place at the event location. Since its creation in 2010, around 13,500 people, from 550 municipalities, have participated in the Frutificaminas stages.

“Practically, all regions will receive the Frutificaminas Circuit. If we were to divide by hub, which is a micro-regional division of the State, all of them will be served. Among the topics covered, there will be an emphasis on issues of quality, productivity and pest and disease management. Thus, Frutificaminas became the biggest fruit growing event in Minas Gerais”, said Sanábio.

Frutificaminas will address quince production

Quince production is also on Frutificaminas’ schedule. According to Sanábio, Emater-MG, in partnership with UFLA, has 10 fruit demonstration units in the State. There is great potential for culture to develop in Minas Gerais.

“During Frutificaminas we will emphasize quince. We have 10 demonstration units in partnership with Ufla set up in the State. So, we are going to hold the event in some regions where cultural development was better. We intend to hold an event within one of these demonstration units.”

Sanábio further explains that, in the 1970s, Minas Gerais was the largest producer of quince in the country, with production occupying around 1,500 hectares.

“With the entry of large producers, like Cica, producers had no way to compete. Furthermore, the culture was affected by a disease that, at the time, had no control, entomosporiosis. Then, production went into decline, as did factories and agribusinesses. Today, we have around 60 hectares planted. Our work is precisely to rescue culture”

In Minas Gerais, work is underway in the following municipalities: Coimbra; Conceição do Mato Dentro; Soledade de Minas; Coconut Grove; Delfim Moreira; Marmelópolis; Golden Lagoon; Resende Costa, Machado and São João do Paraíso.

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