Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 15:59

Cooperatives of rural workers receive refrigerated trucks to transport their production

On August 16, trucks will be delivered for family agricultural workers of the cooperatives that participate in the Tempo de Empreender Abacaxicultor e Bananicultor project, in the districts of União Bandeirantes and Abunã - Agri-Sustainable Cooperative of União Bandeirantes (Unicoop) and Cooperative of Rural Producers from Taquara, Abunã, Pau D'arco and Penha (Coopertap). The event will be at the headquarters of Unicoop and will gather the members of the cooperatives and families, partners and authorities for a community barbecue.

The cooperatives participate in the Tempo de Empreender Abacaxicultor e Bananicultor project, developed by Construtora Camargo Corrêa, the National Bank for Social and Economic Development (BNDES), Camargo Corrêa Institute and Sebrae.  The project is aimed at enabling, technically and economically, the production and trade of fruits.

"The purpose of Entrepreneurship Time is to improve the primary production and reach an agroindustrialization process, further valuing the products and adding income to the property", says Jair Resende, superintendent of Camargo Corrêa Institute.

The trucks are an important link in the chain of actions that were started four years ago with a survey of the potentialities of the communities around the Jirau Hydro Plant. After adherence of the selected communities, the actions of the project included consultancy in production management, creation and legalization of the cooperatives, market survey, qualification, technical visits, collective work and a lot of planning. The measures caused changes in the behavior of the community which, little by little, point to improved quality of life of these family workers.

According to the president of Coopertap, Giberto Ruas Arruda, pineapple producers are very excited with the development of the project and improved logistics for their products. "Up to 30% of all production costs were related to freight. The truck will transport the pineapples we produce to many locations in Rondônia and Brazil", he says. The president of Unicoop, Geraldo Pereira Sete, believes that the delivery of the trucks is another step overcome in the history of the cooperatives. “The trucks are another tool to structure the entrance of the cooperative into the market. This is another step towards our victory. We know that it does not happen at once, but in steps”, he says.

The precariousness of the accesses to the rural properties leads to the need for proper transportation and storage of the fruits, to avoid high losses in production. The exposure of the products to high temperatures is one of the common logistic obstacles for family rural workers who produce perishable products, as is the case of banana and pineapple. With resources from the Entrepreneurship Time project, collective cold chambers were installed at the headquarters of the cooperatives. And a refrigerated warehouse should also be built in Porto Velho to store the fruits for distribution.

Two types of trucks were acquired, in an investment of around R$ 1 million. Two trucks will be used to transport the production from the properties to the cold chamber, and the other two trucks will be used to transport from the cold chamber to clients in Porto Velho.

According to the human resources manager of Camargo Corrêa, Walmir Picolotto, the achievement of the cooperatives is a landmark in the logistic for the trade of the products. “Refrigerated trucks to transport fruits are a great advance in the life of cooperative members and families benefited by the project. This donation is the result of great partnerships aimed at the region’s growth and development. The delivery of the trucks completes the process of development of the production chain through the trade and distribution of production”, Picolotto said.

The donated trucks operate according to the new laws for reduction of pollutant gases, the so-called Proconve P7 or Euro 5. Truck drivers will receive practical and theoretical training to make the most use of the capacity of operation of the vehicles. Moreover, drivers who receive training will work as multipliers of knowledge for future drivers.