“It is necessary to help those who produce the food that reaches the table at the

Representatives of family farming organizations met with the Secretary of Agriculture and Supply of Paraná (Seab-PR), Norberto Ortigara, and with the technical director of Seab-PR, Rubens Ernesto Niederheitmann, this Tuesday (21).

On the agenda, the socioeconomic impacts of the water crisis in the countryside and in the city, the assistance to food-producing families in the rural communities of the state, which suffer losses due to the prolonged drought, the lack of a program and structural planning to prevent and face the problem, among other difficulties.

The meeting was attended by deputies from the Parliamentary Block of Family Agriculture of the Legislative Assembly of Paraná (Alep), led by state deputy Luciana Rafagnin (PT).

“It is necessary to help those who plant and produce the food that reaches the population’s table. If we do not have firm action today, aimed at the countryside, the drama of hunger and the impoverishment of the population as a whole will only increase. Without support, the producing families will give up rural activity and the situation will be chaotic”, said the deputy leader of the parliamentary bloc.

By way of comparison, deputy Tadeu Veneri (PT) recalled the brutal supply crisis that results from the damage caused by the frost on the off-season corn crops.

“What lies ahead looks even more serious. It is estimated that around 20% of the population of Paraná will go hungry”, he said.

Demands from family farming

At the meeting, the document was delivered and read: “Emergency and structuring agenda of popular social organizations and movements in the countryside and the city” to secretary Ortigara.

The document points to the need to implement measures such as the creation of an emergency aid program, which guarantees income at this time for 40 thousand families of small producers and peasants in a situation of social vulnerability. Through the program, families would receive emergency aid in the amount of one monthly minimum wage.

The organizations also claim emergency funding credit, technical assistance, guaranteed water supply on the properties, encouraging the construction of cisterns, the drilling of artesian wells where there is a great shortage of water, an irrigation program and the preservation and protection of springs, springs and recovery of riparian forests on the banks of rivers.

In addition to the permanent subsidy policy for social tariffs for rural and urban energy and support from the state government in policies within the scope of the federal government’s responsibilities, such as suspension of milk imports, strengthening of the National School Feeding Program (PNAE) and the Program Acquisition of Food (PAA) and also the renegotiation of debts maturing in the second half of 2021.

For each of the claims, the family farming entities were purposeful pointing out possible sources of funds to contribute to and prioritize these measures, such as the State Fund for Combating Poverty and profits that are generated by the electricity sector, resources from environmental taxes or fines and also the financial contribution of the dams (CFURH) for the use of water resources, among other alternatives.

The secretary undertook to analyze, together with his technical team, one by one of the seven points of the document to present possible solutions. Deputy Luciana asked him to join the working group that will analyze the agenda representatives of family farming entities and rural and urban organizations that discuss these issues and sign these claims.

Source: BoF Paraná

Edition: Lia Bianchini

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