Klabin supports rural producers of Ortigueira in banana cultivation

With the Company’s incentive, farmers participating in the Social Forests program invest in the diversification of rural property

Paraná, April 17, 2018 - Small farmers from Ortigueira, Paraná, bet on a product that will bring diversification to their properties and increase income: bananas. Farmers assisted by Klabin’s socio-environmental program Social Forests acquired 20,000 banana seedlings, of the species known as “Nanicão” (a type of Dwarf Cavendish). Banana production is expected to reach 100 tons in a year, improving the income of approximately 17 families directly involved in planting.


The idea of banana cultivation arose after an assessment of the characteristics of the town, such as hot climate with balanced humidity, low occurrence of frost, and soil that is fertile and not very uneven.  The Nanicão species is capable of leveraging all these characteristics to develop, besides being a popular variety in the market. “Farmers already had livestock and banana plantations, and the idea was to reinforce them. We started by improving milk production, which today is more consolidated, and now we are betting on banana cultivation,” explains Lindomar Schimitz, a consultant from the Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service (Sebrae) and Klabin's partner in the project.

To prepare the farmers for the project, planting workshops were organized and a meeting was held with a potential buyer from Telêmaco Borba, Paraná, who currently sources bananas from the state of Santa Catarina. “In addition to having a buyer profile in the vicinity, producers also have the opportunity to produce organic bananas and sell them to institutions, such as schools for inclusion in meals," said Schimitz.

The first harvest is scheduled for March 2019 and is expected to produce more than 100 tons of banana. Expectations of improving income are a stimulus for producers. “Knowing that there are buyers makes it easier and it’s something new. We will try and hope it works,” said Valdemir de Oliveira Melo, producer and resident of the Índio Gaudino Settlement.


Social Forests

Launched in May 2015 by Klabin in Paraná, the “Social Forests - Planning Sustainable Properties” program encourages family farming and assists small rural producers in Ortigueira, Imbaú and Telêmaco Borba in all stages of production, from obtaining the Rural Environmental Registry (CAR) to selling their produce in local markets, while also diversifying the property and encouraging associativism/cooperativism. In a little over two years since its launch, 230 properties have been served and over 50 training programs held on agricultural management, livestock, organic production and environmental education, among others. The program is organized in partnership with the Association for Preservation of the Environment and Life (Apremavi), Sebrae and The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Recently, the program was awarded the “SESI Seal for Sustainable Development Goals”, which values initiatives that contribute to social development in Paraná.


About Klabin

Klabin is the largest producer and exporter of paper for packaging in Brazil, its only company offering one-stop solutions in hardwood, softwood and fluff pulp, and the leader in corrugated board packaging and industrial bags. Founded in 1899, it has 17 industrial units in Brazil and one in Argentina.

With its entire management guided by sustainable development, Klabin pursues integrated and responsible growth that combines profitability, social development and environmental commitment. Klabin has been a component of the Corporate Sustainability Index (ISE) of the São Paulo Stock Exchange (B3) since 2014. It is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact and to the Brazilian Pact to Eradicate Slave Labor, and seeks suppliers and business partners that share its values of ethics, transparency and respect for sustainability principles.


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