Our biodiesel production units in the Ipameri and São Simão municipalities, in Goiás, have been awarded the Social Fuel Seal. The Social Fuel Seal is awarded by the Ministry of Agrarian Development (MDA) to biodiesel producers that comply with requirements set down by the National Program for Strengthening Family Agriculture (PRONAF).
This achievement was conferred on the Caramuru Group as a sign of recognition for our socially responsible actions and for providing complete technical assistance to family farmers, helping them create more income and thus joining the socially included population thanks to their participation in the biodiesel production chain. In addition to receiving the Seal, the Caramuru Group stood out to bring more benefits for family agriculture, when it surpassed the required goal of acquiring 10% of raw material.
This achievement was made possible thanks to support from the Instituto Volta ao Campo (IVC), that was very helpful to Caramuru management in implementing all MDA requirements as well as teaching management how to comply with existing legislation.
IVC’s staff participated in the planning of production, the selection of technicians and agronomists and the organization of meetings to answer questions from the families and encourage them to participate in the Program. They also showed participants how to fill out the paperwork necessary to join the Social Fuel Seal Program and proved to be important communication agents in dealings with government agencies.
The Social Fuel Seal qualifies seal holders to benefit from special tax conditions related to PIS/Pasep and Cofins labor charges and assures participation of 80% of all biodiesel production in public auctions held by the National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP), and gives seal holders advantageous conditions when negotiating credit and loans at Brazilian banks.
To this end, the production company undertake some obligations, such as a minimum purchase percentage of their raw material from family farmers; enter into contracts with them, negotiated with the participation of their representative body (unions and federations); and to provide training and technical assistance to the family farmers involved.