One Third of Brazil’s Crops Come from Family Farms

A study by Brazil’s Economic Research Institute Foundation (FIPE) reveals that family farming, although it occupied only 30% of the country’s tilled area, accounted for nearly 38% of the gross value of Brazilian agricultural production last year.

The secretary of Family Farming in the Ministry of Agrarian Development, Valter Bianchini, recalled that a study conducted by the ministry, using data from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics’ (IBGE) 1995/96 Census, already indicated the importance of this sector in the composition of the gross value of domestic agricultural production.

"Now the FIPE, using the same methodology used for agribusiness, showed that over a third of all that is produced in Brazil from one end to the other of the agribusiness supply chain comes from family farming," he emphasized.

In the economist’s view, this demonstrates that the activity represents an important category from both social and economic standpoints.

According to Bianchini, over four million family farms exist today in Brazil, with 12 million farmers, since, on the average, three members of the same family work on each property.

In the state of Rio de Janeiro alone, he added, there are 80 thousand family farms, which means around 250 thousand people employed directly on the land.

He also referred to data from the National Program to Strengthen Family Farming (PRONAF), indicating that a family farm creates direct jobs for up to two permanent workers.

"It contributes to employment in agro-industry, transportation, markets, and along the entire supply chain. It is a category that has a direct correlation with the generation of employment and income," he considered.

Agência Brasil

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    ?????
    If only 30 % of the tilled area is cultivated, Lula should have no problem for the agrarian reforms he promised but did not deliver !!!!

    He promised 400’000 MST settlements but so far after 3 years only 130’000 or so were settled !

    Lula…. failed miserably with his many promises before and after he was elected.
    He is a traitor to the citizens who voted for him.
    He is a traitor to his leftist ideology he defended and proclaimed during ALL his life…..until elected !

    And he failed and lied during an economic boom: So what excuses will he find out during a slowdown or a recession if reelected ????.

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