Brazil launches new organic crop promotion
The Brazilian government has this month launched the national organic crop production plan's (Planapo) “Brazil agro-ecology” consortium. It will invest some R$8,800 million (US$4,000 million) in the organic crop sector over the next three years. The government is to requisition land through the issue of 100 decrees by December 31st, Minister of Rural Development Pepe Vargas told delegates at the 2nd national conference on sustainable rural development. Brazil launched a strategy on promoting organic crop production, the Pnapo, last year (Agrow No 647, p 15). The Planapo acts as the guiding instrument for the Pnapo and includes an inter-ministerial chamber. Some R$7,000 million (US$3,200 million) of the funds will be made available through credit lines, while the rest will go towards specific activities such as promotion and training, the development of technology, and widening access to institutional markets, the government says.