PROFILE OF RURAL PRODUCERS IN SÃO JOÃO DO CARIRI MUNICIPALITY, AND ITS REFLEXES IN THE PRODUCTIVE PROCESS: BETWEEN THE TRADITIONAL AND THE MODERN
Keywords:Sistemas agrícolas, externalidades ambientais, produtor rural.
AbstractThere is nowadays a strong appeal to the traditional agricultural practices, due to their conservationist character - although it should take caution when it comes to “traditional” and “modern” terms as they relate to agriculture, because the modern, if taken with proper precautions can be sustainable; and the traditional, opting for modern inputs, becomes as impactful as the first. This is the reality found upon profiles rising from both the producer and agriculture in the municipality of São João do Cariri, where while the production system practiced in more traditional forms of agriculture, also makes use of modern inputs (chemical products), endangering not only the physical integrity of people, but also contaminating the environment. This production system reflects the plight of farmers, who lack knowledge, assistance and technology to achieve high productivity and therefore better living conditions. Giving these issues, this study aims to analyze some indicators of deteriorating practices in smallholder agriculture in the county and raise the economic profile of local producers, through their practices. The results point to a commitment of half the production capacity, due to the adopted techniques.
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