The Brazilian Association of Maize Producers (Abramilho) - www.abramilho.org.br - has a new institutional president for the 2020-2022 cycle. Cesario Ramalho da Silva, who was already one of the vice president chairs of the organization, takes over, succeeding Sérgio Bortolozzo. The role of executive president remains with former Minister of Agriculture, Alysson Paolinelli. Former President of the Brazilian Rural Society (SRB), Agrishow, Global Forum Agribusiness, Federation of Rural Associations of the Mercosur (Farm), International Corn Alliance (Maizall) and the Corn Sectorial Chamber of the Ministry of Agriculture, Cesario is a grain producer [corn and soy} in Mato Grosso do Sul.
“I assume this position with the purpose of contributing to the formulation of public policies favorable to the development of the corn production chain, with a focus on generating income for the producer, as well as to stimulate connections, which promote new businesses from the gigantic food and energy potential of the grain." According to Cesario, it is of fundamental importance to boost the national production of corn both from the point of view to ensure domestic supply and to generate exportable surpluses.
“Brazilian corn has been gaining ground in the international community in recent years thanks to the wide offer we produce, as well as the excellent quality of our grain.” According to Cesario, the rural producer has been incorporating new technologies in inputs - seeds, pesticides, fertilizers -, machinery, qualified labor and, more recently, adding digital tools in search of continuous productivity gains.
The director points out that in addition to being a basic raw material for the food industry and the main input for the meat agribusiness - which has a high demand trend for the next decades - corn has also become highly demanding for the production of ethanol, which has been opening a new business frontier for the entire production chain. Furthermore, Cesario emphasizes that the expansion of biotechnology in corn crops is a key item for permanent reduction of production costs, as well as for increasing yield per hectare.