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Sugarcane crisis is discussed in House of Representatives

Workers, businessmen and representatives of entities linked to the productive chain of sugarcane traveled almost twelve hours, from Sertãozinho to Brasilia to participate on Wednesday morning (10), of a General Committee in plenary of the House of Representatives, organized by the representative João Henrique Caldas (JHC), by the Parliamentary Front for Sugarcane Industry Valuation and the Alagoas Bench, who discussed the challenges and solutions to the crisis of the sugarcane industry.

According to the JHC deputy, the critical situation of the sector is related to the fact that “the government was dedicated to maintain low the gasoline price, artificially, what damaged the competitiveness of ethanol”, he said. For him, the industry needs that ethanol be again competitive and that exclusive credit lines are created.

Representing the industry, the technical director of CEISE Br, Paulo Gallo, highlighted the difficult scenario currently experienced by this link in the chain, especially in Sertãozinho, which is the largest industrial center of the country’s industry. “Over the past three years, the industry has ‘saw’ 15 thousand work stations melt in the region that are installed companies associated with CEISE Br” he said. He cited the need of support a retrofit program, which would cause immediate positive results in the sector. “The basis of industry is suffering, the scenario is bad; the industry is in intensive care in terminal stage and need short-term actions”, concluded Gallo.

Elizabeth Farina, director-president of UNICA, warned for the fact that “we are dealing with an industry that has a profound ability to leverage economic development in regions where it is deployed. We need to plan, set a strategic action for the sector, one of which is to decide the place and role in our energy mix of ethanol and the energy by biomass”, she said.

According to Manoel Ortolan, president of Canaoeste, “the producers of sugarcane in the state of São Paulo, are getting, practically, at the 6th crop with productivity below 80 tons per hectare”, he said when referencing the need for specific lines of credit for investment and agricultural funding, aimed at modernization and recovery of sugarcane.

The Mayor of Sertãozinho, Zezinho Gimenez, defended the need to create a regulatory framework for the sector. “We had some achievements, but more is needed for the entrepreneur to believe, for that the sector has the confidence of those who invest, of those who produce ethanol”, said.

According to the Secretary of Agriculture of the State of São Paulo, Arnaldo Jardim, “is time to define strategic, lasting policies not to commit further this sector facing a situation with 60 mills closed, 80 in judicial recovery, with thousands of jobs lost, and, more than that, the opportunity that Brazil loses to be cutting-edge frontier in the new economy, the economy of renewable energy”, he pondered.

The president of the Parliamentary Front for Enhancement of Sugarcane Industry, deputy Sérgio Souza, also spoke at the plenary pointing out that “the crisis is not only in the field, is a whole chain that is suffering”, he exclaimed. For him, “is not only a problem from an economic point of view, but of human health, the country, the planet (…) no sector in Brazil is as good for the environment as the sugarcane industry,” alluding the use of renewable fuels like ethanol.

After the participation of other representatives and experts in the sector, with the appointment of several flaws that contributed to the crisis of the sugarcane industry, and alternatives to the resumption of growth, the JHC deputy pledged to meet the claims and proposals in a document that will be send next week, to the federal government.

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