Federal Government launches the Fruit Growing Route in the Federal District The objective is to professionalize fruit production in the region and generate jobs, income and opportunities for rural producers
The Ministry of Regional Development (MDR) launched the Fruit Growing Route of the Integrated Development Region of the Federal District and Surroundings (Ride). The Federal Government's investment was nearly R$ 1 million and includes the donation, through the São Francisco and Parnaíba Valley Development Company (Codevasf), of four trucks to transport the goods, which have already been delivered to cooperatives in the region, and three cold rooms, which will be transferred as soon as the structures to receive them are completed.
"This Route is very important for us. There are almost 4.5 million inhabitants here in the Federal District and in the surrounding cities. It is a region with a high purchasing power, that is, there is a great potential for consumption of fruits and vegetables ", highlighted the minister of Regional Development, Rogério Marinho. "With this action, we want to support the generation of jobs, income and opportunities for thousands of people from Brasilia and, in addition, bring healthy food to the population's table."
The objective of the Ride Fruit Culture Route is to professionalize the fruit production chain, integrating the subsystems of inputs, production, extraction, processing and marketing, through the creation of agroforestry, agroindustrial and specialized services systems.
The project also includes training for rural producers, which will be carried out in partnership with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). Representative of the institution in Brazil, Gabriel Delgado highlights the importance of projects as routes for regional development. “The interior of our American countries lives off agriculture. So, wealth generation has a lot to do with the development of countries. And sustainable development projects like this are the future of the world's food.”
The structuring of the Fruticultura Route included the donation of light trucks with trunk bodies to four institutions: Agricultural Cooperative of the Planaltina Region (Cootaquara), Mixed Family Farming Cooperative of the Federal District (Coopermista), Agricultural Cooperative Buriti Vermelho (Cooper-Horti) and the Association of Rural Workers of Family Farming of the Chapadinha Settlement (Astraf). The investment in each vehicle was R$ 229 thousand. Soon, three cold rooms will also be made available, two of 6 x 6 meters (R$ 39.5 thousand each) and one of 3 x 3 m (R$ 24 thousand).