The Institute for Socioeconomic Studies (Inesc) publishes, this Wednesday (20), the webseries “Tapajós: a brief history of the transformation of a river” about the transformation of the Tapajós River into an export corridor for commodities such as soybeans and corn. The production was approved in 14 national and international festivals and received four awards.
The three-episode animation is narrated by three fictional residents of Miritituba, a district in Pará, who live in the middle of the soybean export ports and tell stories that show the B side of logistical development in the region.
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The webseries is the product of the follow-up that Inesc has been carrying out in the middle Tapajós region regarding the dismantling of socio-environmental policies and, mainly, of the Arco Norte project, which encompasses the Amazon hydrographic basins as a region with port logistical potential.
Tatiana Oliveira, a member of Inesc who participated in the conduct of the webseries, said that in the region there is an effort by the federal government and agribusiness to move the logistical axis of the export of Brazilian products from the Center-South to the North of the country, due to the expansion the national agricultural frontier, taking the infrastructure that enables the export of grains, especially in the North of Mato Grosso, to the interior of the Amazon.
“From the point of view of mileage, for example, it is much closer to the large estates in the North of Mato Grosso to export soy going up by ferry across the North of the country, passing through Tapajós, than to having to transport it by truck from the North of Mato Grosso to the ports of Santos or Paranaguá”, says Oliveira.
The increasingly present presence of new ports and companies in population occupations close to Tapajós, such as in the district of Miritituba, implies “an accelerated and disorderly urbanization process, because there is a lot of public policy for the population”.
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“We see a series of negative consequences from the installation of these cargo transshipment stations in the region, which people call ports, and which worry us a lot,” says Oliveira. One of the consequences, for example, is the blocking of the access of fishermen and fisherwomen to the river, “that which guaranteed income and food”.
Edition: Vivian Virissimo