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26/10/2020, 14:19

(ATUALIZADO: 28/10/2020, 14:23)

Ceará regulates production and trade of artisanal rennet cheese

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Delicacy that represents the culture of Ceará tends to gain expansion, formally, throughout the country after the recognition of the activity by the State Government

Ceara cheese producers and artisanal butters celebrate the publication in the Official Gazette that regulates the production and commercialization of delicacies that very well represent the State. The law guarantees the recognition of the work of thousands of workers and small producers throughout Ceará, mainly in the Jaguaribe Valley region, where the cheese culture is extremely strong.

A Law No. 17.317, sanctioned by Governor Camilo Santana (PT), on October 13 and published DOE two days later, is authored by deputies Leonardo Araújo (MDB) and Leonardo Pinheiro (PP), and co-authors are also deputies Antônio Granja (PDT) , Elmano de Freitas (PT), Fernanda Pessoa (PSDB) and Moisés Braz (PT).

“Dairy farming is a traditional activity and has great economic relevance, as it involves thousands of people in a very extensive production chain. In Ceará, until then, we did not have legislation that regulated artisanal coalho cheese. In order to have an idea of ​​the breadth of this chain, we have hundreds of informal cheesemakers active, as there was no regulation. The law has a very positive impact for Ceará ”, details André Siqueira, secretary of Economic Development in the municipality of Jaguaribe.

“For those who don't know, a large part of the milk produced in Ceará's territory ends up being transformed into cheese, with this process being more accentuated in the Jaguaraguana region, where the culture of this nature is undoubtedly very relevant”, he explains. 

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What changes?

The president of the Sectorial Chamber of Agribusiness of the Ceará Development Agency (Adece) and president of the Rural Union of Quixadá, Amílcar Silveira, explains the next steps after the change of scenery for dairy producers. 

“There are actually two moments. We already had the regulations and now another important part of the process also comes, which is the certification of Adagri [Agricultural Defense Agency of the State of Ceará] to accredit Selo Arte, which validates the small producer who works artistically and legally to market his products to the whole of Brazil. It is the opportunity for the Northeast who lives abroad to enjoy these delicacies, such as coalho cheese, for example, which is the flagship of Ceará. With certification, the product gains a guarantee ”.

“For the small producer, in general, it is a great advance. For the consumer, who values ​​quality products, it will be something fantastic. What we imagine for Ceará is that a new market niche should appear, filled with regional foods of extreme quality and that will have the proper certification of the Art Seal ”, adds Amílcar.

Days of hope

Igor Costa, president of the Jaguaribe Cheese Producers Association (Queijaribe), reports that the outlook is for the entire production chain that will be positively impacted by the regulation of activities in the state.

“The tendency is that we, producers, will start to feel all this difference from the next months, since everything is still very recent, which is when everyone will start to get used to this new scenario, with the new situation for the chain productive. From there we will have a sense of how lives and businesses will be impacted. There is no doubt that the expectation of all of us is of hope, as a great step has been taken towards the definitive growth of the sector ”, he guarantees.

It is worth mentioning that Ceará is one of the largest producers of rennet cheese in the Northeast, in a close dispute with Pernambuco. Considered a “intangible cultural heritage” of the local cuisine, the dairy represents tradition and history for hundreds of families from the countryside, who have been cultivating the art of homemade and artisanal production for decades.

Geographical Indication

On Tuesday (20), the Sebrae presented a diagnosis, together with cheese producers in the Vale do Jaguaribe region, about the Geographical Indication process and the work was duly approved, pointing positively towards an evolutionary scenario. Geographical indication is what is conventionally called the identification of a product or service as originating from a place or region, being subject to legal protection against the use of third parties, generating spontaneous media and visibility over them.

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