BRAZIL- The São Paulo state government has launched the Milho + SP program that is set to expand grain production, charting the state of São Paulo on a path to self-sufficiency in corn production by 2030.

The program has been launched through the Department of Agriculture and Supply, Abramilho – Brazilian Association of Corn Producers and the companies Corteva Agriscience, Valtra (AGCO Group brand) and Yara Brasil.

The objective is to expand the state of São Paulo’s annual grain production by 7.7 million tons per year, to 11 million tons, by 2030.

Milho+ SP provides for the promotion of the adoption of technologies to increase corn production of both small farmers and large agribusiness companies in the State. The initiative aims to impact 100,000 farmers on 1 million hectares.

The initiative consolidates a productivity ecosystem, which involves different stages such as agronomic knowledge and ideal management for the crop, technological adoption of inputs and equipment/machinery, access to credit and insurance, training and connection with industries and trading companies to increase production.

This is an unprecedented initiative, in which the Secretary of Agriculture and Supply of the State of São Paulo is proud to participate, with all its commitment, knowledge and partnership”, explains Francisco Matturro, Secretary of Agriculture and Supply of the State of São Paulo.

According to research carried out by the consultancy Horizon Company, currently, from its 15.8 million hectares of farm land, the State of São Paulo produces 3.3 million tons of corn.

local consumption is estimated at 8.9 million tons. The 5.6-million-ton difference currently being supplied by grain from other Brazilian states. 

Milho+ SP will be focusing on regions with potential agriculture and productivity gaps and will
 start in the Northwest of the State, in regions that present aptitude and a positive scenario in logistics, climate and consumer market.

The companies Corteva Agriscience, Valtra and Yara Brasil have trained workers from the Coordination of Integral Technical Assistance (CATI) on the best technologies in corn management so that it is possible to plant with the most modern cultivation techniques, improving productivity.

CATI workers will take this knowledge to farmers through training and technical assistance.

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