New plant chestnut in Beruri, reformed with support from the Amazon Fund, must produce 200 tons / year

3 of October of 2019 - Initiative assisted by Foot in Forest Notice benefits over 340 families 45 Piagaçu communities in RDS-Purus, on indigenous lands and thirst for Beruri. Expected to grow

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Brazil nuts, Amazon brown… whatever name, Chestnut is one of the leading and most profitable production chains of the State, with a strong impact on the economy. Communities and extractive associations throughout the Amazon contribute to making it an important productive arrangement, including receiving incentives through partnerships between government, institutes and the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS). This is what happens in Beruri, a 173 kilometers from Manaus, both at headquarters and in communities in Sustainable Development Reserve (Reserve) Piagaçu-Purus and indigenous lands.

A chestnut processing plant already used by producers and local extractive, and located at the headquarters of the municipality of Beruri, It was renovated and expanded by the foot in Forest Notice, public call FAS for clusters. Com um aporte de R$ 150 a thousand, arising from financing Amazon / BNDES Fund, the project received infrastructure improvements and was delivered during a ceremony with the Secretary of State for Rural Production (Sepror), Petrucio Magalhães, the general superintendent of FAS, Virgilio Viana, and state MPs Joana Darc and Alessandra Campêlo.

With the new plant, the production of nuts should get 200 benefited tons per year, namely, the final production of the fruit has no bark, only almonds, and also an increase Chestnut storage capacity in nature in 750 tons per year. Currently, annual production Chestnut already benefited revolves around 140 tons. This explains Sandra Soares Neves, managing the plant and president of the Association of Agricultural of Beruri (Assoab), the institution that coordinated the project with the foot in Forest Notice and which received financial support.

"The Forest Standing promoted in this feature to enlarge the plant and this will increase our production capacity and the number of extractive families benefited in protected areas and indigenous lands", said Sandra. According to her, 344 families 45 Piagaçu communities RDS-Purus, Indigenous Lands Itixi Mitari and Lake Ayapuá and the headquarters of Beruri municipality are being impacted directly with the production of brown. The expectation is to increase the number of families to 465, and 400 extractive families in communities and 65 in the plant.

Investments and results

Among the main buyers of chestnut Assoab is the Natura cosmetics giant, as well as restaurants and hotel chains. With the increase in production, is expected to reach more customers, which according to the Secretary of Rural Production, Petruchio Magalhães, contribute to the GDP of the State. "GDP grew 7,5% and who drew it was agriculture, a surplus which also affects the number of formal jobs ", said. "It is not inventing the wheel. If you have this plant here able to receive benefits, to increase production and improve management, why not make ", completed Petruchio.

Public Call FAS has invested in new chestnut plant, Foot in Forest Notice, also benefited other 16 State initiatives not, pirarucu management of the honey production and crafts, strengthening community-based entrepreneurship, environmental conservation and innovative models of sustainable development. "It's taking care of the people who take care of the forest. The well-preserved forest generates jobs and wealth. Here, for example, we have 65 jobs, the largest employer in the county after the town hall ", reinforced Virgilio Viana, Superintendent General of foundation.

On the FAS

The Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) It is a Brazilian non-profit organization with no party political ties whose mission is to make the forest worth more standing than cut, promoting sustainable development efforts in the region and quality improvement of life of people living in the forest. Through programs and projects, FAS hits a lifelong search 40 thousand people in 16 Conservation Units (UC) of the State, in strategic cooperation with the Secretary of State for the Environment (Sema) and support from the Amazon Fund, Samsung, Bradesco and Coca-Cola Brazil.