To add value to the production of its associates and producers, Cotrijal continues the project to install an ethanol production industry in Não-Me-Toque. After more than two years of studies and alignments with the Board of Directors, this Wednesday, 8/31, the cooperative signed a protocol of intentions with the government of Rio Grande do Sul for the installation of the industry.
The document establishes articulated actions to enable the cooperative to invest approximately R$ 300 million in up to four semesters. The signing took place at Parque de Exposições Assis Brasil, in Esteio, where the state government’s headquarters are located during the 45th Expointer.
The industry will have a production capacity of 70 million liters per year and the start of operations is scheduled for 2024. The president of Cotrijal, Nei César Manica, highlighted that the project focuses on the use of winter crops for the production of biofuel , with the full involvement of the region’s producers.
“It will stimulate the increase in the production of these crops in Rio Grande do Sul, so that we can generate more income for the producer, return ICMS for the government and increase the production of this input, which is so important for our economy and for the environment, which is ethanol”, he said.
The president also reinforced the importance of investing in meeting a need in the state, which produces only 2% of the ethanol consumed. The rest comes from other regions of the country.
The protocol establishes actions within the scope of the Treasury Department, such as the deferral of ICMS payment due on the acquisition of machinery and equipment from suppliers located in Rio Grande do Sul, as well as accessories, spare parts and tools that accompany these goods and that are produced in the state.
The government, through the Secretariat of Economic Development, assumed the commitment to make possible the processing of the cooperative project in the Operation Company Fund of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (Fundopem/RS) and in the Program for Harmonization of the Industrial Development of Rio Grande do Sul South (Integrate RS).
The cooperative also assumes commitments through the protocol, such as the creation of at least 92 direct jobs, giving preference to hiring local labor.
The state governor, Ranolfo Vieira Júnior, who participated in the signing ceremony, said that the new industrial unit will help expand the bioenergy chain in Rio Grande do Sul. “This undertaking, in addition to generating employment, income and development in the region, also contributes to reducing the state’s dependence on ethanol production in other states,” he said.