The Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Tereza Cristina, met on Tuesday (7), by videoconference, with parliamentarians and mayors of Santa Catarina to discuss possible solutions for farmers hit by the cyclone in recent days. Representatives of mapa were in the region to survey the losses suffered in agricultural production, especially in banana cultivation.
"We are attentive and willing to have this exchange of information, to give agility to what you need," said the minister. She said she has already talked with representatives of Banco do Brasil and cooperatives so that the service to producers is done as quickly as possible, including the extension of credits, both costing and investments.
Parliamentarians called for a survey of parliamentary amendments that can help producers at this time, to expedite the release of resources.
The Secretary of Family Agriculture of the Map, Fernando Schwanke, is in Santa Catarina mapping the losses in the municipalities. The director of the Department of Risk Management of the Map, Pedro Loyola, was also in the region. According to him, the Map is making a survey of the financing that can be hit by the cyclone. "We're going to do studies on emergency lines for small producers, knowing that many of them don't access rural credit," Loyola said.
The minister assured that she will make Embrapa available to local producers to provide technical assistance for upcoming plantations, together with the Agricultural Research and Rural Extension Company of SC (Epagri) and with local associations. "We need to make a recovery of these bananas urgently," he said. Crops such as onions, hortifruti, olericultura, fish farming and milk were also affected.
According to the government of Santa Catarina, so far 179 municipalities have recorded damage and damage, which exceed R$ 427 million. Agriculture was the most affected area with losses valued at more than R$ 223 million.