Approximately R $ 10.6 million from the Coffee Economy Defense Fund ( Funcafé ) will be allocated to the Brazilian Company for Agricultural Research (Embrapa) to fund 92 projects of the Coffee Development and Research Program ( PNP & D). The measure was published in the Official Gazette on Monday (11). The amount is 92 % higher than last year’s (R $ 5.5 million).
According to the director of the Credit, Resources and Risks Department, of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Supplies (MAPA), Vitor Ozaki, the PNP & D is one of the largest coffee research programs. Generating knowledge and technology to all stages of the production chain, from cultivation until the consumer. The projects are aimed at sustainability, reduction of production costs, reducing the effects of climate change in the coffee activity and encouraging small and large producers through economic, social and environmental viability studies.
Are also in the PNP & D, innovative farming practices, with the improvement of machines for harvesting and post-harvest, as well as conducting market research for development and marketing in different markets.
To reduce crop loss caused by climate change, the research seeks the development of species that are resistant to pests and diseases, and are adapted to different regions of the country. The program is coordinated by the Coffee Research Consortium, which brings together about 50 educational, research and extension institutions, located in different producing regions of the country. Since its creation in 1997 it has executed about 4,550 research plans.
Source : Map – Ministry of Agriculture
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