The Scenario of Environment and Agriculture Activities in Santa Catarina State, Brazil: Development of Technologies, Programs and Lessons Learned
Luciana Camargo Castro
Ministry of Science, Technology, Information and Communication, Brazil
Santa Catarina State is known as the land of small farmers in the south region of Brazil. That is one of the reasons why sustainable production due to technical optimisation and resource conservation has been implemented and incentivized there. That kind of initiative has been promoted for such a long time since the first so called “Microbasins I Project” was implemented in the whole state in 1995. Afterwards, the “Microbasins II Project” took place and afterwards there was the third project, the “SC Rural Programme”, which was a huge programme dealing, mostly, in the rural areas supporting the best technologies applied to small farmers concerning a sustainable production way. Through the implementation of new methods to recovery soil nutrients, enhancing of best land practices, and transdisciplinary research in the agriculture field, that last programme started in 2011 and ended in 2016. Moreover, the Secretariat of Economic and Sustainable Development by the Department of Water Resources Development is continuously working with the river basin committees in order to establish and increase a better water management at local and regional levels. This means that promoting those types of actions, the state government intends to reinforce the importance to understand the idea behind the improvement of tropical agricultural technologies in order to contribute to the socio-economic and environmental development of countries like Brazil, and to make possible the participation of all stakeholders towards a sustainable development.
Keywords: Soil and water management, sustainable production
Contact Address: Luciana Camargo Castro, Ministry of Science, Technology, Information and Communication, Florianopolis - Santa Catarina, Brazil, e-mail: luca66hotmail.com