Sustainable Livestock Pilot Project closes first cycle of actions in Oriximiná

The Sustainable Livestock Project just ended its first cycle of actions. In this phase the initiative involved 14 livestock farmers in Oriximiná in the West of Para. In this last "Field Day" the results of the interventions were presented; interventions aiming to improve the management of farms, increase productivity, recover the degraded areas, increase forest conservation and water courses, as well as observing the well-being of the workers and animals.

The initiative included technical visits, guidelines on good management practices, monitoring of properties through the use of the ODK collect tool, assisting in data collection, geoprocessing for analysis, representation of results and recording ofproduction indicators, environmental and social situation.

The project started in 2018, implementing a new way of working with livestock, using analysis, exchanges, lectures and technical visits. The changed habits of the producers contributed to the intensification in the property, understanding of electric fence and management of pasture.

"Today we do not see any producer knocking down trees any more. There is awareness that the ox does not have to drink water in the stream, and new techniques in place. We soon started to raise the numbers, and the human part of the initiative is important, not only the economic part" said Denis Tostes, a consultant who follows the progress of the Project.

In addition to the consulting activities for the livestock farmers of Oriximiná, the project also provides scientific knowledge to the students of the School ofTechnological Education of the State of Pará (EETEPA) that accompany the lectures and the presentation of results. "The theory seen in the classroom is complemented in the field by learning in practice the reality of the producer, because this will be their professional future. The Field Day allows this exchange of experience between producers, consultants and students about the structure of a farm", said the professor of zootechny of the EETEPA, Oriximiná - Patrícia Gadelha.

Luiz Sousa Junior is one among the 14 producers who joined the Sustainable Livestock Project. To him, the progress of the project renews the hope of the local productive sector. "With the introduction of this new technology we can see a substantial profit on our property and we can plan actions that we could not previously conceive. Today our activity already makes a profit and we can only thank all the partners. This is a small step for a farmer, but a great leap for the livestock of Oriximiná”, added the farmer.

With the end of the first cycle, the next step is to plan the actions to start the next stage of the Project. "In the next cycle we expect to involve the remaining farms. Improve the pasture management and participate more in the management of the farms, making people understand that the farm is a business and that decisions based on numbers and real indicators can make a difference between whether or not to continue in the activity”, concluded Tostes.

The Sustainable Livestock Project is an initiative of the Sustainable Territories Program, executed by the team of Ecam, with financial support from Mineração Rio do Norte (MRN), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Regnskogsforeningen.

/ECAM, May 2019