The program has a clear direction of resources with more favorable conditions for family farming and the sustainability agenda

The news in the 2022/23 Safra [Harvest] Plan is good. It was launched by the Federal Government on Wednesday, June 29, with R$ 340.88 billion to support the national agricultural and livestock production until June next year. In relation to the previous Plan, there has been a 36% increase in its value. There is a clear direction of resources with more favorable conditions for family farming and the sustainability agenda, highlights Leila Harfuch, from Agroicone, which is an iCS grantee that helped to prepare numerous proposals for the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA).

The ABC Program, which finances the recovery of degraded areas and pastures, the implementation of integrated crop-livestock-forestry systems and the adoption of conservationist practices for the use, management and protection of natural resources, is valued at R$ 6.19 billion. Inovagro, in turn, makes resources available to encourage technological innovation and for the investments that are required in the adoption of good agricultural and livestock practices and property management. It will have R$ 3.51 billion in resources. Both have interest rates that are significantly below the Selic rate.

“Despite having been a possible plan, given the fiscal and macroeconomic conditions, it increased the resources for sustainable investments, with the revision of the lines of credit of the ABC+ Program and Pronaf in line with the ABC+ Plan (launched in 2021) and with an increase in the volume of available resources and lower interest rates for these lines (in comparison to the other lines). We also had more favorable conditions with resources from the Constitutional Funds for the purposes aligned with the ABC+, which are important in directing resources that, at least indirectly, reduce the deforestation in the agricultural and livestock frontier regions (Center-West, North and Northeast),” Leila explains.

The lines of credit have the potential to increase productivity, to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, to prevent and recover losses in the agricultural and livestock production, to rationalize the use of natural resources and inputs, the recuperation and conservation of soils, to treat agricultural waste and residues, reforestation, the recomposition of areas of native vegetation, the reduction of deforestation, the adaptation of the properties to the environmental legislation and the generation of clean energy from the properties.

“MAPA has introduced something new to rural insurance: it has increased the subsidy for the premium of the policies for the producers who have credit agreements with ABC+ Program. The insurance is an important instrument to encourage the practices and technologies of the ABC+, improving the integrated risk management. Agroicone has been working with several actors with proposals for the agricultural policy in recent years, always with the central premise of consolidating Brazil as a major sustainable producer of food, fiber and energy. We are experiencing important transformations in the agricultural policy,” concludes Harfuch.

The ABC+ Bioeconomy has also been created. The Agência Brasil shows, in a report, that there is the forecast of “investments in systems of non-timber extractive exploitation and products of socio-biodiversity that are ecologically sustainable.” The Safra Plan was inaugurated in 2003 in order to guarantee the necessary credit to the farmer, who needs to invest in and support his production. It is launched annually and its effectiveness is always from July to the July of the following year, in accordance with the calendar of the Brazilian agricultural harvest.

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