Holders of family farming, organic production, certified products or located in vulnerable areas can now join multi-product producer groups
The Ministry of Agriculture pointed out in a statement that the decree issued on Friday in the “Republic Daily” “responds to the strategy of centralizing and strengthening small-scale sustainable production” and “establishes national rules that recognize multiple product groups “.
The decree recognizes four types, such as producer groups with family farming and organic production status.
Certified products, namely protected designations of origin (PDO) and protected geographical indications (PGI) and groups of producers in other sustainable production models located in vulnerable areas.
The press release quoted the Minister of Agriculture Maria do Céu Antunes as saying, “These groups operate through an organized production system model to make smaller producers more competitive so that they can cope with competition and price fluctuations” and added Said they “can optimize production costs.”
“This is part of the government’s plan to support smallholder farmers, allowing organizations to be created to ensure the flow of agricultural products for producers with family farming status and those who produce organic or organic production models. Located in vulnerable areas,” Maria do Céu Antunes emphasized.
The Ministry of Agriculture further explained that entities wishing to become a multi-product producer group need to submit a request to the Directorate-General of Agriculture and Rural Development (DGADR), which is responsible for deciding the recognition request.
He added that these entities will also receive support through a tender for PDR2020.