The information is from the Communication Advisory – Emater-MG.
Emater-MG is providing services for issuing technical reports to producers to record the impacts caused on their rural properties. The measure is part of a series of emergency actions to help face the damage caused by bad weather. In the case of coffee growing in the south of Minas, for example, it is estimated that this initiative will benefit about 80% of coffee growers.
“There are many complications, on the part of producers and mayors, in issuing technical reports that prove the impact of frost on crops. To meet this demand, we are mobilizing the Certifica Minas Café teams and Emater-MG regional technical coordinators to support local technicians. These reports are extremely important for producers to access new lines of credit or existing lines of financing, and even to trigger rural insurance. Therefore, and in a complementary way, we also decided to exempt the charge for the promotion of these reports to family farmers, to help overcome this emergency situation”, said the CEO of Emater-MG, Otávio Maia. Exemption from the collection of reports for family farmers affected by frosts runs until September 30, 2021.
Also according to Otávio Maia, Emater-MG and Epamig, a research company also linked to the State Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, will coordinate actions with coffee cooperatives in the affected regions and other entities to map the areas affected by frost and find ways to support producers.
Emater-MG is updating the report that registers frost damage in the coffee regions of Minas Gerais. According to information sent by the company's local offices until Thursday (29), the area of coffee affected by the frost rose from 17.2% to 19.1%, in relation to the total area planted with coffee in the regions surveyed. With this update, the total affected area rose to 173.6 thousand hectares. The estimate of the number of affected coffee growers remains at 9,500 producers.
The work of mapping the crops affected by the frost continues. In addition to the areas occupied by coffee, other products are also being monitored, such as vegetables, fruit, floriculture and affected pastures.
Today (2), there will be a meeting coordinated by the State Secretariat for Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Emater-MG and Epamig, for, together with cooperatives and associations of coffee growers, other entities operating in the sector and other partners, to assess the actions and decision. about new joint strategies to support rural producers who had their activities affected by the cold snap.
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