Last Wednesday (25), the State Technical Assistance and Rural Extension Company (Emater-MG) estimated a loss of about 19% of the coffee areas in Minas Gerais (equivalent to 173.68 thousand hectares) per account of the frosts that occurred in the month of July.
The federal government claims that it is looking for ways to keep the affected rural producers active. The dimension of the impact in Minas Gerais is in line with the projection cited by the Minister of Agriculture, Tereza Cristina, that the damage would have reached between 18% and 20%.
According to the director-president of Emater-MG, Otávio Maia, a mapping was carried out with technicians from the agency and meetings with representatives of the sector to collect the main demands of growers affected by the biggest frost in several years.
"We have already promoted the delivery of this survey to the minister, together with Governor Romeu Zema," said the CEO during a debate broadcast over the internet, citing that some of the main demands of producers were financial support and access to rural insurance.
Also present at the event, the director of the Department of Marketing and Supply at the Ministry of Agriculture, Silvio Farnese, said that the objective of the folder is for all producers to remain in business.
He stated that a new meeting of the Deliberative Council on Coffee Policy (CDPC) should take place soon and that the folder is also working in partnership with the Ministry of Economy to seek solutions to the problem.
The federal government representative also added that the allocation of 1.3 billion reais in resources from the Coffee Economy Defense Fund (Funcafé) for producers affected by the extreme cold was a possibility indicated by the productive sector itself. The measure was approved by the National Monetary Council (CMN) last week.
Regarding the additional financing of 1 billion reais, announced by Banco do Brasil on Tuesday (24), the representative of coffee growers, Fernando Barbosa, a producer in the region of São Pedro da União (MG), said that the help is very much needed. , but warned about the conditions and fees of the operation.
"The resource came at a good time, but we have to see how it will arrive, what the interest rate will be and if the producer will have the conditions", he highlights, noting that the average in the state is a loss of between 18% and 20%, but there are cases where a single producer has seen more than 80% of its areas devastated by the cold.
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