The NGMO (non-genetically modified) Program was designed to guarantee the quality of our production as well as certifying our manufacturing of Non-Genetically Modified products. It includes a rigorous tracking system that conducts a series of audits and inspections in each of the productive process phases beginning with seed origin, monitoring, planting, vegetative growth, harvest, warehousing, logistics, industrial processing, transport and final delivery in Brazil and/or overseas.
The Caramuru Group is investing in creating differentials of our commodities through the use of non-genetically modified products produced at our three units located in Sorriso (MT), São Simão (GO) and Itumbiara (GO). The NGMO Program includes a rigorous tracking system that conducts a series of audits and inspections in each of the productive process phases beginning with seed origin, monitoring, planting, vegetative growth, harvest, warehousing, logistics, industrial processing, transport and final delivery in Brazil and/or overseas.
Evaluations are made separately in labs where soybean seed enzymes are carefully examined and tested as well as samples of plant leaves and beans (in the field), based on PCR analyses (Polymerase Chain Reaction).
Also sampled and tested: soybeans, soy meal, lecithin used in the industrial process, soy pellets and Hi-pro soybean at receiving destinations (warehouses, ports and ship cargo holds).
The program started with the harvest collected in 2006/2007, through incentives offered to conventional soybean planters through a subsidized credit system and a bonus-per-harvest program. The Group invested in non-transgenic seed and grain variations by forming partnerships with companies known for their Non-GMO genetic soybean research programs. We have the support of Centro Tecnológico para Pesquisas Agropecuárias (CTPA), Fundação Cerrados, Cooperativa Central de Pesquisa Agrícola (COODETEC), Agrícola WEHRTEC, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), Nidera, among other organizations.
We also maintain partnerships with seed producers through anticipated contract issuance guaranteeing purchase of their seed production. In conjunction with the Brazilian Association of Non-Genetically Modified Grains Producers (Abrange), Caramuru joined in the Soja Livre (GM Free Soy Program) Program to develop partnerships with companies supplying soybean genetics to increase the offer of Non-GMO seeds and guarantee greater freedom and profitability to producers searching for new options and other conventional soybean cultivation alternatives, especially focused on activities in the state of Mato Grosso.
Furthermore, Caramuru held a series of lectures focused on production technology in 20 experimental areas with producers from Goiás, each area containing 20 hectares, observed during 6 days in the field, to present new conventional soybean varieties.