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Nov. 26, 2021

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Nov. 26, 2021

Brazil Embrapa publishes technical recommendations on the production of bio-inputs on farm

Embrapa has released technical-scientific information on its website on producing bio-inputs on the farms (on rural properties) in Brazil.

The technical note, available here,  points out three basic principles to be followed to guarantee the safety and quality of the process. These recommendations are the result of technical assessments by the Management Committee of the Biological Inputs portfolio, in addition to discussions promoted with various segments of society, from public hearings and consultations, and aim to bring the scientific foundation to this issue in response to the demands of society and the sector productive.

According to the Director of Research and Development, Guy de Capdeville, the technical note from Embrapa was a demand from the Executive Board and aimed to bring the vision of science to this discussion in Brazil. "As a public science and technology institution, Embrapa's role is to technically assess the risks and benefits that the production of bio-inputs within rural properties can represent to the country and offer solutions to make it as safe as possible in an objective and transparent manner," de Capdeville stated.

The practice has already been initiated widely in small, medium and large agricultural establishments in the country. The President of the Biological Inputs portfolio and researcher at Embrapa, Cerrados Fábio Reis, reinforced the need for regulation of this activity, as there was a risk that poor quality products may denigrate the good image of bio-inputs, built over the years, leading to a loss of confidence on the part of the productive sector. “When it is not done within the principles of quality and safety, the multiplication of biological agents can bring risks to human health, non-target organisms and the environment,” he explained.

Reis, who is also a member of the Strategic Council of the National Bioinputs Program, stated that the debates promoted in the Executive and Legislative branches showed convergence between society and the productive sector for the intensification of on-farm production, as long as it was adequately regulated.

For the Institutional and Governmental Relations manager (Grig/Sire), Cynthia Cury, the technical notes (NTs) contribute to Embrapa's institutional positioning on various topics of public interest and have made an essential contribution to decision makers, as they present scientific evidence to the discussions. “This is a valuable input for improving government programs and public policies,” he pointed out.

Cynthia also emphasized that by sending technical notes to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (Mapa), Embrapa fulfilled one of its purposes, promoting technical-scientific support to members and managers of the Executive and Legislative branches, who were responsible for proposing and formulate public policies of interest to Brazilian agriculture.

“Under the leadership and coordination of the ministry, Embrapa has contributed to this topic through public hearings and NTs, prepared under the coordination of the Department of Research and Development (SPD). After the DE's consent, the NTs are forwarded to the ministry, which analyzes and prepares its institutional position and forwards it to the Government Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic, to support the government's position," the manager added.

Check here for the public hearing on bio-inputs for on-farm biological management held on October 7 at the Commission for the Environment and Sustainable Development of the Federal Chamber, which included the participation of Rose Monnerat, a researcher from Embrapa Genetic Resources and Biotechnology.  

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