Organic crop farmers up by half in Brazil
The number of organic crop farmers has increased by over a half in Brazil in one year, the Ministry of Agriculture reports. From January 2014 to January 2015, the amount of such growers rose 51.7% to 10,194. An extra 3,300 “productive units” were added bringing the number to 13,323. The Ministry notes that each organic crop grower may possess more than one such unit. The crop area dedicated to organics has reached almost 750,000 ha. The number of self-regulatory but government recognised associations within the sector doubled in 2013, facilitating the increase in the number of registered organic crop producers. The government launched its national organic crop production plan, Planapo, in 2013, building on a project for the sector it launched the previous year. It aimed to raise the number of organic crop productive units to 28,000 by the end of 2015. A presidential commission launched a programme last year to cut pesticide use and a switch to alternative agriculture methods such as the adoption of organic crop production.