Soy Geography

Sustainability practice, environmental, labor and social concerns must also be a matter of concern to those who are part of the production chain. For André Maggi Group, suppliers are strategic and essential for the development of business and therefore must be aligned to the principles and values of the Group. The challenge of the Group is to mobilize and commit this chain to proper practices.

The qualification program of the soybean supply chain of André Maggi Group seeks to promote responsible agricultural production, encouraging producers to manage their crops from the concepts of good agricultural practices and sustainability as a reference. The goal is to interact with producers whose production is commercialized by the Group, leading to a gradual improvement in terms of legal framework and socio-environmental performance standards.

The program is based on the following strategic guidelines:

  • Prohibition of degrading work
  • Prohibition of child labour
  • Not to interfere with indigenous areas
  • Not to interfere with Conservation Units
  • Not to plant in embargoed areas (SEMA/MT and IBAMA)
  • Not to plant in areas deforested after July/2006 in the Amazon biome (Soy Moratorium)

Producers that have financial support from the company are evaluated and the socio-environmental information of the properties is in the producers’ registration of the information system of the Group. The evaluation of the properties consists of two phases:

  • Socio-Environmental Registration – collection of information and data of the property, soil conservation practices and water, agricultural technology used, social management, workplace safety, areas of environmental protection, infrastructure of property and legal compliance.
  • Socio-Environmental Visit – In situ checking of the conditions and practices mentioned above.
Soybean Origin

Soybean Origin

The area of Sustainability / Environment, takes part in the strategy for approval of credit, which includes having veto power for doing business with the grower, based on information from the registration and the visit, During the 2009/10 harvest, 755 properties were evaluated, 753 approved and 02 declined.

In order to contribute to continuous improvement, André Maggi Group develops further awareness activities and environmental training for producers and suppliers, through the dissemination of technical documents, application of practical training and other measures.

Based on data obtained from the evaluation of pre-financed properties, environmental recommendations are given, pointing out identified environmental liabilities and advising on the mitigation of these. These recommendations are provided to the producer at the time of approval of the consumer proposal and signing of the Cédula do Produtor Rural – CPR (Financing Instrument). During annual evaluations, the degree of care to environmental recommendations made in the previous year is checked.

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT OF THE PRODUCTIVE CHAIN – The data collected in annual assessments allow André Maggi Group to evaluate the social performance of the supply chain by monitoring a series of environmental indicators. The number of properties evaluated during the 2009/2010 harvest was 753, with a total of 1,133,685 hectares, of which 596,482 hectares (or 52.6%) planted soybeans. The Cerrado Biome accounted for 62.55% of these properties and represented 78.09% of the soybean planting. The remaining 37.45% of the properties (including areas of transition) are in the Amazon Biome, representing 21.91% of the soybeans planted.

MEDIUM SIZE OF PROPERTIES

Classificação INCRA MT


Production Chain in Numbers (2009/2010 harvest):

  • 753 properties evaluated during the 2009/2010 harvest
  • 52.6% of an area of 1,133,685 hectares with soybean planting
  • 62.55% of the properties are in the Cerrado Biome
  • 77% of producers used no-tillage planting systems in 2009
  • 98% of the properties used the triple washing of agrochemical containers and returned them for recycling..

Tillage is an agricultural practice that brings a lot of benefits, such as decrease in soil degradation and impoverishment, decrease in diesel oil consumption, soil water storage, erosion reduction, and consequently, reduction in river siltation.

Fire use is the oldest and cheapest agricultural practice to clean cultivation areas. It impoverishes the soil, though, causing loss of nutrients and removal of organic matter.

One of the most important practices to prevent contamination of soil and watersheds is the triple washing of agrochemical containers and their return for recycling.

The correct use of agrochemicals involves the correct choice of product, time and manner, considering weather conditions, equipment and level of attack by pests and diseases. It is essential that the crop be professionally monitored.

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