Sustainable Livestock X deforestationMonday March 5th, 2018
The “program New Field “, sustainable livestock begins to be implemented even in October 2014 in the region of Alta Floresta – largest polo livestock in northern Mato Grosso, – and the municipality of Cotriguaçu, northwest of the state. Coordinated by the Instituto Centro de Vida (ICV), the New Field It aims to promote sustainable practices in cattle ranching in the Amazon, improving their economic, social and environmental performance. The initiative aims to help reduce deforestation, conserve and restore natural resources and strengthen the local economy. The program promotes integrated management of rural property, with the progressive adoption of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for Beef Cattle, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa). The New Field began as a pilot project in 2012. The results were so good that it is being expanded. In New Forest, attended about 10 properties, a reduction of the age of slaughter of the animals from 44 to 36 months for males and 34 females for 26 months, increasing the productivity of over 4.7 to 12 kilos per hectare per year. The meat quality was also improved and the income of farmers increased. According to Laurent Micol, executive coordinator of the ICV, the program is an experiment in scale transformation of the productive livestock system. “We will demonstrate in practice that it is possible to produce more and better in a region as Alta Floresta, without clearing and still recovering degraded areas,” he said.How to participateTo enter the New Course, producers need to be in compliance with environmental and labor issues, and hire technical assistance accredited by the program. Participating properties will have a diagnosis, followed by developed and implemented a technical and economic project, which will be accompanied by a certified technician. To encourage such investments, participating producers will have access to a price subsidy, based on carcass quality criteria. Also, they are being developed mechanisms to facilitate access to credit. To ensure the operation, the program is training a group of service personnel, supporting the creation of an association of sustainable livestock producers and developing tools that facilitate farm management on a daily basis and which will guarantee the origin of the animals to buyers. The New Course Program is a partnership with Embrapa, the Rural Trade Unions of Alta Floresta and Cotriguaçu, the International Institute for Sustainability (IIS), the Institute of Management and Forest and Agricultural Certification (Imaflora) of Solidaridad and multinational meat JBS SA also has the support of the Vale Fund, the Moore Foundation, Labor Sustainable Livestock Group (GTPS) and Cooperation of Norway (Norad).