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Itaueira!

Founded on October 17, 1983,
Itaueira started out by purchasing
lands in the Canto do Buriti municipality
three years before, in 1980.
 
 

sustainability

Soil Conservation

We at Itaueira know that the soil is a very precious resource. Without it, there would be no life, no production and, certainly, no fruits.  We are making technological advances every year to improve soil conservation in our farms.

Itaueira adopts internal policies to optimize soil conservation and guarantee its conservation for the future.
Our orchards use the drip irrigation system that prevents erosion and soil salinization.
Prior to planting, all the natural vegetation that grew in the fields between harvests is cut and incorporated into the soil as a natural fertilizer.

Afterwards, we revolve the soil in order to decompact it, using the Cemag S.A. subsoiler www.cemag.com.br that does not invert the soil layers, which is extremely important for the its conservation and better water absorption and storage.
After the subsoiling, the organic fertilizer (certified against bacteria such as E.coli, Listeria and Salmonella by GlobalGAP and with microbiological analysis to re-ensure it) is applied to the soil and also limestone, to improve its fertility.

Where there is unevenness on the area to be planted, the planting process follows the contour lines to prevent erosion.
We use mulch, a plastic cover on the soil to avoid the use of herbicides during the first weeks of plant growth, thus preventing soil contamination.

We use a nonwoven crop cover fabric to protect the plant seedlings from plagues and diseases, thus avoiding the use of defensive chemicals that might contaminate the soil.
The weeding is carried out manually, whenever necessary, and without the use of herbicides, to prevent the soil contamination by chemicals.

We carry out field inspections on a daily basis to detect signs of plagues and diseases (Plague Monitoring) so that insecticides and fungicides are only applied where their use is deemed absolutely necessary, and always in minimal quantities to avoid groundwater contamination.

We preserve at least 20% of the native vegetation and reforestation areas in the farms, as well as hedgerows between the fields to prevent wind erosion.

After harvest, all leftover crop residues are incorporated into the soil, as natural fertilizers.

Water Conservation

Water Conservation

At Itaueira we know that water is a very precious resource.  Without water, there would be no life, no production and, certainly, no fruits. To prevent water waste, we are making technological advances every year in order to reduce the water use in our farms and to develop water reuse systems.

Itaueira adopts internal policies to minimize water consumption and to guarantee its conservation for the future.

Our orchards use the drip irrigation system that prevents water waste due to evaporation and also avoids soil salinization.

Our irrigation systems are all automated and computer controlled.  Each plant receives only the necessary amount of water needed for its development.  No water is wasted.

The minimum amount of chemicals needed is used in the farms.  We, therefore, prevent groundwater contamination.

We use plastic mulch on the soil to prevent the growth of weeds and wild grass.  Whenever necessary, the weeding is carried out manually and without the use of herbicides to prevent groundwater contamination.

We carry out field inspections on a daily basis to detect signs of plagues and diseases (Plague Monitoring) so that insecticides and fungicides are only applied where their use is deemed absolutely necessary, and always in minimal quantities to avoid groundwater contamination.

We have built on-farm reservoirs to reuse the storm water.

The water used in the farms, including the water used to wash the fertilizer spreader and tractor tanks is filtered before it is returned to nature to prevent ground water contamination. We preserve the native vegetation and reforestation areas in the farms, mainly around

the water supply sources, so as to keep the watercourse aggradation-free.

We continuously carry out water analyses in all the farm water sources, such as wells, streams and canals, to confirm the fact that we are not polluting the wellsprings in any way and that we are not using contaminated water in the farms.

Residue handling

Itaueira acknowledges the importance of minimizing the amount of waste it produces.  Every year we take big strides towards improving our residue handling program, using both recycling (reuse of materials) and the sale of residues to companies for reuse.

Itaueira has internal policies in place to optimize residue handling and reduce the waste production in the farms.

The fruits rejected during the packaging process for having scarred or stained skins, but preserve their original flavor, are given to our employees who take them home to share with their families.  The rest is bulk-sold.

The fruits rejected during the packaging process for being under-mature or having skin crackings, scars or stains are sold to be used as animal feed, such as cattle and pig feed.

The food leftovers made at the farm’s cafeteria are donated to the employees who use them to feed the pigs.

The packaging leftovers, mainly cardboard leftovers (high volume), are commercialized.

The merchandise leftover pallets are donated to the workers who use them to make fences and furniture and, whenever possible, are used to make rustic fences for the spare irrigation pipes located at the farm’s strategic points, besides other necessary indoor pieces.  

The high-volume leftover materials used in the field, such as: plastic mulch to prevent weed growth, plastic irrigation tapes and nonwoven fabric covers used to prevent diseases are all collected and commercialized in lots.

Before the planting, all the natural vegetation that grew in the field is incorporated into the soil as a natural fertilizer.

After the harvest, all the farming residues are incorporated into the soil, as a natural fertilizer.

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