Minister of Public Relations for Agriculture defends sustainability and technology in soybean production

Last year, soybeans were 17% of Brazil’s exports. The grain brought the country $48 billion. Culture also makes use of the animal protein chain

At the opening of the 9th Brazilian Soybean Conference, on Monday (16/05), in Foz do Iguaçu, the Minister of Agriculture and Supply, Norberto Ortegara, argued that Brazil and Parana need to draw on scientific knowledge and adapt agricultural production to the challenges of the future. The event, which was attended by Vice President Hamilton Murao, was organized by Embrapa Soja which is the largest scientific and technical forum for the soybean production chain in South America.

Based on this year’s theme, ‘Challenges for sustainable production in Mercosur’, Ortegara discussed how agriculture can ‘do more with less’ and said the sector’s good results are the result of effort, knowledge and adaptability. “If we know how to take advantage of the resources we have, we can develop further and turn more and more soybeans into value added,” he said.

Last year, soybeans were 17% of Brazil’s exports. The grain brought the country $48 billion. Culture also benefits the animal protein chain – according to the secretary, pig farming may grow from 50% to 70% in Parana over the next five years, including due to the international certification of a FMD-free zone without vaccination.

Ortegara lamented crop losses due to drought in the south and advocated good practices in the field, such as good use of soil and water and pest and disease control. “Soybean is a very relevant sector in Brazil and highly competitive in the world. We will continue to make quantum leaps in this sector and all of this must be sustainable for the benefit of our business.

Jay de Capedville, Executive Director of Research and Development and Acting President of Embrapa, spoke about Brazil’s scientific capabilities and how they have contributed to increased productivity with sustainability. “We produce food for the world thanks to science,” he said.

Vice President Hamilton Muraw highlighted the role of leaders who have made science and technology key to the country’s agricultural revolution. He spoke about the importance of improving infrastructure and reducing the tax burden for the development of agriculture and the economy. He also pointed out the importance of technology in this field. “5G networks must reach the edge, facilitate precision farming and, in turn, take a giant step toward increasing our productivity,” he said.

Dice – Parana is the second largest national producer of soybeans. For this crop, the report of the Ministry of Rural Economy (Diral) issued at the end of April expects the production of 11.8 million tons of grain in an area of ​​5.6 million hectares, a result that confirms the loss of more than 9 million tons compared to the initial expectations, due to adverse weather conditions in the key periods in Grain development. The estimate will be updated next week.

It happened – The Ninth Brazilian Soybean and Mercosuga 2022 Congress is being held in Foz do Iguaçu. As of Thursday (19), the program will include six conferences and 18 episodes, for a total of 50 lectures. 287 technical works will also be submitted in poster or oral form. Matters related to current technological challenges to soybean production systems and emerging new opportunities for the oilseed chain will be discussed, always with sustainability as an overarching topic.

the audience – Also participating in the event was the Director of the Paraná Institute of Rural Development (IDR-Paraná), Natalino Avances de Souza, President and Director of the Paraná Agricultural Defense Agency (Adapar), Otamir Cesar Martins, the President and Director of the Paraná Institute of Rural Development. Ceasa-PR, Eder Bublitz; and President of Seab’s Regional Center in Cascavel, Manoel Marcio Chaves.

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