Rio Amapá, flour production is sustainable alternative income generation

1 June 2017 - Community also participate in training on best practices for the management of copal, action result of the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS)

Activity flour roasting | Photo: Marilson Rodrigo

farming families of Sustainable Development Reserves (Reserve) Rio Amapá, in the municipalities of Novo Aripuana and Manipur (465 km of Manaus), participated in May of training in best practices for making flavored flour, which has fallen in Manaus taste.

By activity, 25 farmers learned to make cassava flour version pepper flavors, garlic, onion, mixed and common, which aims to add value to local production and open up possibilities for new markets. Furthermore, Community were also able to manufacture products such as traditional “foot-de-tomboy”, bijus and derived from cassava starch. The action was an initiative of the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), in partnership with the Amazon Fund / BNDES.

“Investing in income generation is the main tool to make rural populations remain within. In this strategy the funds are directed in a participatory manner to initiatives that are already carried out by women and men forest”, FAS explains the coordinator of the Regional Madeira, Marilson Rodrigo.

The courses are defined by farmers booking. The value of traditional flour was R $ 2,00, and training, the expectation is to sell each liter to R $ 5,00.

To Rivelino Carvalho, President of Agroextractive Residents Association Community Good Hope, the training was a good initiative for local producers. “We worked a long time with the production chain flour, and never in history had sold one liter to R $ 5,00. This enabled an increase in income and the appreciation of our work”, comments Rivelino.

copaíba extraction

Copaibeiros receive certificate | Photo Marilson Rodrigo

Copaibeiros receive certificate | Photo Marilson Rodrigo

Another training held in May was the Good Course Management Practices for Extraction ?leo Copaíba, held in Rio Amapá RDS. The formation allowed 27 extractive perform the mapping of copal trees with GPS system, identifying the production area. The goal is to increase the safety of extractive, product quality and the conservation of the species.