Apr. 4, 2018
By Leonardo Gottems, reporter for AgroPages
Speaking exclusively to AgroPages, Brazilian senator Alvaro Dias has promised that, if elected as the president of Brazil in the elections this year, he will speed up the registration of agrochemicals.
According to him, this measure is necessary to increase the safety of agricultural production in the country and improve the competitiveness of Brazilian producers.
“Precision agriculture and livestock are management concepts that use digital techniques to control and optimize the productive procedures. We need to adopt these concepts and build a ‘precision government’. It is not acceptable that the registrations and authorizations that depend on the state continue in an analogical frequency, in some cases, even handcrafted,” stated the pre-candidate of the Podemos party.
According to Dias, it is “fundamental that the procedures for registration and authorization occur within a reasonable time. In the United States and Canada, the registration of a pesticide takes between one and two years, while in Brazil, this registration takes at least six to seven years. The registration of a patent in Brazil takes on an average 11 years, but Japan spends a little more than a year in the analysis of each patent.”
“This slowness inhibits not only the innovation technology, but also business innovation. Nobody will invest capital on a product and submit to this type of peregrination to seek registrations and authorizations,” noted the senator of the state of Paraná, where he was previously a governor.
Dias also affirmed that one of his fundamental commitments to reducing interest rates was to finance production. “Brazil is an excellent payer, and there is no single justification for having historically high interest rates, as we have. A consolidated policy of financing for agricultural activity, like the one practised around the world, with lower rates, will compel resources to invest more in agricultural insurance.”
“Infrastructure is a known bottleneck, including the storage logistics. Building a strategic planning and an investment policy for these sectors and seeking maximum partnerships with the private sector are necessary and fundamental. Another fundamental point is the availability of space infrastructure to improve the life of properties, ease technological access and increase farmers’ wealth, as well as attract young people to work in the field,” he added.
He concluded by saying that the rural producer needs to vote “responsibly and consciously, prioritise balance and ensure a prosperous period for the country. Brazil’s future will depend on this election. A wrong choice certainly will deepen the Brazilian crisis and will bring more difficulties for everyone, especially for future generations.”