Embrapa and VLI, a logistics solutions company, announced last Thursday (28/04) a partnership aimed at the agribusiness. In this way, the companies will develop the project LabCerrado – Acceleradora de Agroinovação dos Cerrados – Sustainable Agroterritorial Development, whose main focus is the adoption of innovation and sustainability for a greater use of agribusiness areas in the national territory, as well as expanding the perspectives for the sector.
After the announcement of the project LabCerrado – Accelerator of Agroinnovation of the Cerrados – Sustainable Agroterritorial Development, VLI and Embrapa highlighted that the partnership will be carried out through a technical and financial cooperation agreement throughout the entire initiative. In this way, companies will come together to bring new alternatives and viable solutions for the growth of agribusiness with a focus on sustainability and innovation with new technologies being used within this production chain.
In addition, the partnership's main objective is sustainable territorial development in selected cerrado regions in the states of Tocantins and Minas Gerais, in a potential cultivable area of 10 million hectares. With this, VLI will make a total investment of R$ 4 million aimed at the development of new technologies for the grain production chain during the annual harvests, as well as research, development and innovation optimized by soil and climate conditions to assist throughout this process.
Thus, the general manager of marketing at VLI, Diego Zanella, highlighted the importance of the project to bring innovation and sustainability to the agribusiness sector in Brazil and stated that “LabCerrado goes beyond the boundaries of conventional action of a company of ours. railway sector, by proposing solutions to the challenges of agricultural production in the regions of influence of our logistics system. The capillarity of our network and the partnership with Embrapa allow us to reach a number of territories and actors in the agricultural sector, making this initiative a true vector of economic and social development”.
According to Embrapa, the main objective of LabCerrado is to seek a environmental commitment in agribusiness production, without neglecting the search for new productivity alternatives. Thus, a virtuous circle will be created, which will generate income for these states and promote the exchange of knowledge, technologies and good agricultural practices, through the exchange of experiences and information between companies and rural producers who will benefit from the project.
All regions that will be covered by the LabCerrado innovation and sustainability project have a high potential for taking advantage of agribusiness. In this way, what the project seeks is to boost this production in the best possible way, in accordance with the global environmental agenda. With this, there will be a mobilization and engagement of producers and other agents, such as agribusiness entities and associations, public authorities, industry, trading companies, the financial sector and other companies that can contribute to good practices within agribusiness.
The cerrado is one of the largest biomes in the production of agribusiness products and currently represents 55% of Brazilian beef production and 49% of corn and soybeans, the main export products in the country. Thus, the development of a project aimed at this region with a focus on innovation and sustainability will bring a series of benefits so that the cerrado continues to grow in the country.