Time to take action

Small farmers rollout a vegetable processing unit in the city of Bodoquena

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 18:18
The aim of the initiative is to increase association members’ income and to strengthen the entrepreneurial spirit The aim of the initiative is to increase association members’ income and to strengthen the entrepreneurial spirit

On the eve of its 35th anniversary in May, Bodoquena, state of Mato Grosso do Sul, celebrated the inauguration of an agro-industrial processing unit pertaining to the Morraria do Sul Small Farmers Association. Benefiting 36 farmers’ families from the association, the initiative is part of the Time to take Action project run by the Camargo Corrêa Institute (CCI), the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), InterCement, Bodoquena City Government and the Meio e Agraer Institute. The unit covering an area of 99.50 m², activities center around the peeling and subsequent vacuum packaging of manioc and pumpkin.

The purpose of the project is to increase association members’ income and foster the entrepreneurial spirit through these two activities. "The construction and installation of a vegetable processing unit has just been completed and inaugurated. And the production of organic vegetables for supplying government programs such as the National School Food Program or Conab’s (National Supply Company) Food Acquisition Program, has been up and running since February and supplied from a one hectare vegetable garden", explains Ira Helal, Projects Manager for the Meio Institute, a partner involved in the daily running of the project.

According to CCI’s Socially Responsible Investment in Plants analyst, Jordânia Furbino, many results arising from the initiative, the coordination of rural producers with the various players involved in the scheme and strengthening of the community spirit in the district of Morraria do Sul, are key aspects of the initiative. "The inaugural festivities at the time of the unveiling of the unit for example, was held on a participative basis with each one contributing in some way. It was impossible not to see on the face of each one of the farmers, the pride and sensation of mission accomplished as well as a sense of belonging.