Our units are integrated to the Federal Government’s National Program for the Production and use of Biodiesel (PNPB), providing technical assistance to 886 farmers family profile in 2016.
In December 2004, the Federal Government launched PNPB. The purpose of this project was to introduce the use of biofuels into the country’s energy matrix and at the same time promote social and economic regional development. Among the rules for the Program, a specific tax model was developed as well as incentives for family agricultural projects, which are part of the Social Fuel Seal program. The Caramuru Group qualified to be part of this program back in 2007.
The Program establishes that part of the raw material purchased for biodiesel production comes from family farmers. This is one of the norms that Caramuru respects not only based on present day legislation but for the satisfaction of watching small rural producers become more professional and able to care for their families. Our contribution well exceeds the minimum requirements established by the Federal Government. The Group has made a commitment to the process of social and economic inclusion helping many of the families enrolled by the National Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform (INCRA).
Furthermore, in support of the Sustainable Regional Development Program (DRS), Caramuru is an active player promoting the social and economic growth of the family farmers while encouraging the organization of new rural cooperatives. This initiative is in harmony with policies created by the Ministry of Agrarian Development (MDA) and partnerships with rural agencies from the State of Goiás, Banco do Brasil, various municipal labor unions, the Federation of Agricultural Workers of the State of Goiás (FETAEG) and the Family Agricultural Production Cooperatives Central of the State of Goiás (CECAF).
Playing the role of Anchor Company, Caramuru provides technical assistance by a team of 13 of the company’s own engineer agronomists and other specialized personnel from 18 different companies. Additionally, the Group provides assistance to the rural families that require access to official credit lines and a differentiated remuneration system based on their production that enhances gains in profitability and productivity.
The Caramuru Group started its work with family farming projects in the 2006/2007 harvest season involving some 401 families. The harvests in 2011/2012 witnessed a 76% increase in company investments compared to the previous year, 260% if compared to the first year. That produced approximately 239.5 thousand tons of soybeans and includes partnerships with 1,950 rural families.
In 2013, Caramuru held its second Settlement Rally. The first edition was held in 2012 to show the work developed by small rural producers. The rallies have become a reference to demonstate the company’s presence in family farming activities.
Today, we are part of 16 settlements that have promoted the inclusion of 318 families in our productive process. Previously, the majority of these families only owned land but did not have fixed or regular incomes. What they produced on the land was considered subsistence farming. However, the Caramuru Group has made viable profitable agro-production backed by modern technical assistance and financial support, which also includes the purchase of machinery and donations of soil enrichment products such as limestone.
This program also helps to generate employment and income in rural area, avoid rural exodus, foster culture and the qualification for cleaner production activities and increase revenue by technology transfer.
The Caramuru Group is also investing in the development of alternative crop cultures such as jatropha and crambe as new potential crops for generating income for the family planters as well as non-editable raw materials for the production of biodiesel.
The Caramuru dream is to help small rural producers develop more and more and become reliable and faithful suppliers for the company. We, at the company, see family farming, which began as a legal obligation, as one of our passions and coincides with our social values and corporate goals.