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CAT

CAT is an association of rural producers, a non-profit organisation whose main aim is to foster the sustainable development of the state of Mato Grosso through social and environmental projects, as well as courses, seminars, workshops and field visits introducing sustainable technologies into the production sector of Mato Grosso.

LOCATION Sorriso, Mato Grosso, Brazil
HECTARES 53.087
TONNES 169.772
CONTACT

Cristina Delicato

PROTECTED AREAS 10,164

Reasons for Certifying

As CAT’s main goal is to promote sustainability and the use of best agricultural practices on the farm, the certification was developed as a tool for implementing such best practices to enable measuring this implementation. Thus, when the possibility of entering into a partnership with WWF Brazil through the project Gente que Produz e Preserva (People that Produce and Preserve) emerged, CAT embraced the RTRS initiative and certification.

RTRS Experience

The main obstacle is the engagement of producers as, in general, certifications such as RTRS’ are not yet present in the daily life and in the mind of rural producers.  Hence, as it happens with any innovation, producers are always prejudiced and fearful of adhering to the process. And this is not because they are far from certification. In our case, producers did not have any environmental issue and the most difficult aspects regarding immediate compliance were labour matters and on-farm management principles.  Another matter of concern for producers was the sale of Credits as the demand is still scarce. Hence, they are afraid of investing and not recovering their investment in the overall adaptation of their property to the RTRS criteria.

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Benefits of the RTRS Certification

Producers have had positive impacts thanks to the RTRS Certification. The first and most immediate one was the matter of the farm management. At present, all the activities are followed-up and monitored. Besides, producers adhere with labour matters, thus avoiding the risks of lawsuits, and there has been a higher interaction between workers and farm owners. Workers have begun to perceive that there is law compliance on the farm and that farm owners are concerned with the quality of living of their employees. As to environmental matters, the greatest concern is the management of solid and contaminated waste. Now, everyone practices selective waste collection on the farm and waste is handed over to businesses in charge of the due disposal of waste. All this besides the fact that bankside vegetation areas and legal reserves, including areas exceeding the vegetation quota required by law, have been preserved.

Other Relevant Information

A very relevant point worth mentioning again is the sale of Credits. This will have a direct impact on whether producers proceed with the RTRS Certification or not. If no credits are sold during this first year and, considering that the project will offer support until June 2016, producers will have no incentives to carry out audits on the second year and, thus, any work undertaken by the project will be lost.