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The generation of jobs and income is not associated only with financial support directly linked to production. It also means access to social infrastructure, which is critical to improving life in rural areas, and especially in agrarian reform settlements. The Lula and Dilma governments have always focused on this aspect. In ten years, 470,000 houses were built in the settlements and 150,000 settler families gained access to water, according to Incra. Encouraging education is another door that opens opportunities for youths and adults in the land reform regions: 385,000 students have benefited from the National Education Program through the Agrarian Reform/Pronera program, with access to secondary and higher education and specialization courses.
There has also been significant investment in logistics infrastructure, through construction and rehabilitation of 64,000 km of roads over the last ten years. In 2013 alone, the recovery of roads that allow access and serve as channels for shipping production from the settlements benefited 51,100 families. The construction of new roads improved travel for over 18,400 persons. The data is from Incra and the MDA.
The acquisition of modern machinery to support cultivation, harvesting and transportation of crops has also been prioritized by the Dilma government, with the goal of increasing productivity of family agriculture in the Brazilian countryside, particularly in thousands of settlements throughout the nation. In 2013 alone, 18,100 machines - including backhoes, bulldozers and bucket trucks - were distributed through the Growth Acceleration Program (PAC 2). Of the total of 5,061 municipalities covered, 1,637 contain settlements in which more than 700,000 families live.
Land reform priorities today include construction and/or completion of roads, sanitation (water and sewage) and rural electrification. The goal is to provide the necessary conditions for sustainable development of settlements, in conditions to allow settlers to remain in the countryside, combining increased rural production with a better quality of life.
New production credit of R$ 1.6 billion benefits 255,000 settlers
The 2014 – 2015 Safra Family Agriculture Plan made significant advances in agrarian reform: New Production credits of R$1.630 billion that will benefit 255,000 working settlers. The new credit system anticipates cyclical credits that are progressive and directed to the productive structure, with technical assistance provided at every stage, speed and flexibility in operations (funds directly to the families via “bank cards” and articulation with other public policies.