The camps of the Movement of Landless Rural Workers (MST) Zumbi dos Palmares and 1º de Outubro, in the rural area of Alagoas, will be used for agrarian reform. The official announcement was made this week at a ceremony attended by Governor Paulo Dantas (MDB) and State Deputy Ronaldo Medeiros (PT).
A state law proposed by Medeiros and sanctioned in July allocates the Cajueiro do Caboclo and Olho D’Água farms of Luís Carlos, properties of the former Production Bank of the State of Alagoas (Produban) for camped families, in the municipality of Taquarana (AL) , 115 km from Maceió (AL).
“We have been producing in these lands for 15 years and we are very happy with this achievement, which will provide us with quality of life and strengthen the production of healthy food in the region”, highlighted Deyse Pinheiro, who camped in Taquarana.
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“Having a settlement in the city, with the production of healthy food, generating jobs and income, is important not only for rural workers, but for the entire society of Taquarana”, he added.
Paulo Dantas said that the state executive will work to strengthen public policies with the aim of improving production conditions in rural communities.
“The government is committed to expanding the offer of technical and technological assistance. In the month of September, we are going to hire professionals to help improve productivity in the communities”, said the governor.
MST: “One more step in the production of healthy food”
Largest producer of organic rice in Latin America for 10 years, according to the Rio Grandense Rice Institute (Irga), the MST is an international highlight in the cultivation of sustainable food without the use of pesticides.
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Débora Nunes, from the Movement’s national coordination, said that the allocation of land for agrarian reform in Alagoas is “another step we take in the production of healthy food and, consequently, in the development of our state”.
Deputy Ronaldo Medeiros, author of the law that made the creation of the settlements official, said that the government recognizes agrarian reform as fundamental to guarantee “quality of life in the countryside, healthy food and a dignified life for the men and women who make up Alagoas”.
Editing: Felipe Mendes