Emater and Embrapa undertakes promotion programme on adoption of GAP for Pepper

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The Enterprise Technical Assistance and Rural Extension of Par- State (Emater) and the Brazilian Research Company (Embrapa) have started working jointly in a promotion and education programme aimed at creating awareness among the pepper farmers and other stakeholders of pepper in Brazil for "Adoption of Good Agricultural Practices for increasing black pepper productivity and improvement of pepper guality in the Par- State.". This project is scheduled to be implemented for 3 years (36 months) period, the Emater / Embrapa press release said.
The project will be implemented through Technological Learning Unit (ATU) in the municipalities of Bai-o, Tome- A-u e Capit-o Po-o, northeastern of Par-, where they carried out a diagnosis of production, benefiting 40 farmers per municipality. The seedlings used in the planting will be produced by Embrapa, but parallel to this, the technical staff involved in the process, will help in the production of clean seedlings, which are free from disease.

Pepper nursery in Para State, Brazil
The Emater, which participates in the entire design process, will also have the responsibility for printing of booklets that will help technicians in conducting the field work. The booklets which have been printed in full color and illustrative guide, will be made available to the pepper farmers and it contain information on best practices of black pepper culture by adopting a simple and illustrative language. "We will involve at least 30 technicians in the production process along with the farmers that have been receiving technical assistance from Emater," said Cleide Amorim.

According Oriel Filgeira de Lemos, Agronomist and Plant Breeder of Embrapa, the seedling production quality is the bottleneck of pepper culture in Brazil. The project wants to provide best practices and appropriate technologies on crop management to be adopted and used by farmers in developing and producing good and healthy planting materials to increase the productivity, quality and the economic cycle. "The increase of one year of pepper life may represent an economic gain of 20%," said Lemos.

The State of Par- is now the largest pepper growing areas in Brazil. Brazil is one of the largest pepper producers, which is also a member of IPC. Today, Para state contributes more than 80% of the Brazilian pepper production. Of these 90%, goes to the foreign market. (Source EMBRAPA/EMATER, Brazil)