“We want to aim to greater modernity in terms of commerce and science. The economic crisis is very serious in Brazil and political times are difficult, but several reforms are being proposed in Brazil and they are going forward…This government will facilitate business,” Maggi said at the event, which gathered 60 food sector entrepreneurs in Brussels.
“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Maggi to provide the business community here with first-hand, reliable information on the evolution of the situation in Brazil. By uniting political and business leaders we can share accurate and important information while deepening international relationships,” said Agnes Borges, President of BRASCAM.
Mauricio Antonio Lopes, President of Embrapa, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, stressed that Brazil developed a science-based agriculture with strong emphasis to environmental protection. From the 1970s when Brazil was a large-scale importer of food, the country has developed a model of sustainable agriculture that has allowed it to become not only “food secure” but also a large exporter, he said. “We have a public policy that promotes low carbon practices and technologies. We already produce carbon neutral beef using integrated systems. And we plan in the near future to produce also grains and fruits under low carbon emission systems,” Lopes added.
João Campari, Special Advisor for the Environment to the Brazilian Minister of Agriculture, noted that Brazil protects some 61% of its natural vegetation compared to a global average of just 3%. “Each farmer must set aside 80% of their properties for forest protection in the Amazon, 35% in the Amazonian Cerrado and 20% in the rest of Brazil. On top of that, farmers must protect steep slopes, hill tops, headwaters and river banks. Brazilian farmers do not receive subsidies to do that and must pay for it themselves. It is the law.” Campari said.
Brazil – Belgium fruit and vegetable deals on the horizon
Speaking at the Brussels event, Maggi said that Brazil and Belgium are on the verge of securing a deal on international trade in pears. “Within the next days this will have a solution,” Maggi said referring to a technical document that will open the door to the export of Belgian pears during the Belgian autumn production season, and the import of Brazilian pears into Belgium during Brazil’s spring pear production period.
The Minister will submit his opinion soon in the procedure of the anti-dumping case against frozen potatoes originating in Belgium, among other European countries. The Minister has confirmed that he will follow the technical numbers find out by the investigation that has been conducted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade.