Sustainability - Guatapará Project (MT)

In the end of 2019, in an informal conversation between Gomah and the technical team of  EMPAER (Mato Grosso's Company of Agriculture Research and Technical Assistance), the scope of Guatapará Project was built.

 

The project is located in Caranana - MT (largest sesame producing region in Brazil) and has a goal of increasing the income and livelihood of small sesame producers. By giving agriculture technical support, donating high quality seeds, and guaranteeing the purchase of the product at higher prices than market, we hope to improve the income and motivate producers to continue growing sesame. 

 

The project has  25 smallholders (each one planting from 1 to 2 hectares), and its big differentiator is on the quality of final product. As it is being planted in small areas, the harvest will be done manually, improving the quality of the seed. Manual harvesting technique improves not only the color of the seed, but also reduces significantly the pesticides residues in the final product. 

 

Having a superior product, will allow Gomah to export the seeds from the Guatapará Project to Western Europe and Japan market; traditionnally high quality markets. 

Besides EMPAER, the project also has EMBRAPA (Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agrícola) as a partner, who has been distributing high quality seeds to the producers of the project. Embrapa has recently developed a new seed variety called Anahi; this new variety is expected to increase yield and quality of the sesame seeds in Brazil.  

This is the first sesame sustainability project in Brazil. Gomah Foods is proud to be part of this initiative, and will continue to invest in new CRS projects that aggregate value to the whole supply chain. From Producers to End Consumers. 

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First Workshop of Guatapará Project (Canarana). January 2020.