Minas Gerais now counts on a Center of Excellence in Coffee Growing
The enterprise, located in the south of the state, will offer technical and undergraduate courses, training well-prepared professionals for the market
Minas Gerais, Brazil’s largest coffee producer state, is to receive a teaching and research center for this production chain from the National Rural Apprenticeship Service (Senar). It will be the Center of Excellence in Coffee Growing, located in Varginha, in the south of the state.
The enterprise will offer technical and undergraduate courses, training well-prepared professionals for the market. It will also establish partnerships and develop projects aimed at developing coffee-growing throughout the country. The inauguration will take place on October 26th
Center of Excellence in Coffee Growing
Firstly, the establishment of the center is an initiative of the Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock of Brazil (CNA), through Senar Nacional, in partnership with the Faemg Senar System.
Despite all the difficulties faced by coffee growers, we continue to move forward. Our mission is to bring innovation and continuous improvement to farms. More than ever, we need technical, practical and managerial knowledge to prepare coffee growers. And train qualified professionals for all the activities in the production chain,” said the president of Faemg Senar System, Antônio de Salvo.
Above all, the Center of Excellence in Coffee Growing represented an investment of more than R$13 million in construction work. The constructed area is 5,100 m² on a 20,000 m² plot, which was donated by the Varginha City Council.
The building has eight blocks and has six classrooms, four laboratories (coffee classification, roasting, grinding and tasting and a gourmet coffee shop) and three computer rooms. It also has a library, an auditorium with capacity for 260 people and a communal area.
This will be the third unit inaugurated as part of the project to set up 10 national professional and technological education centers in various regions of the country, aimed at the various production chains.
“With the Center of Excellence in Coffee Growing, SENAR complies its mission by offering professional training with innovation, high-end technology knowledge that meets the demands of the countryside. Not only in the producing regions where the centers are located, but throughout Brazil. In this way, Senar contributes to training professionals, creating jobs and improving the quality of life of producers. In addition to bringing competitiveness and social progress to the countryside through increasingly sustainable production,” says Senar’s director-general, Daniel Carrara.
The purpose of the centers of excellence is to produce knowledge and encourage research. This gives students access to good management practices, production, marketing and technological innovations. And expanding skills and opportunities in order to promote the competitiveness of national coffee growing.
The Center of Excellence in Coffee Growing begins operations with the Technical Course in Coffee Growing. Already recognized by the MEC, with 80% developed in person and 20% in distance learning (EaD) from 2024.
In addition, distance learning will be offered through the e-Tec Network, such as the Agribusiness Technical Course, in partnership with Senar Nacional. And distance technological degree courses through the CNA College.
There are also spaces for vocational training and social promotion courses. In addition to actions under the Technical and Management Assistance Program, developed by the Faemg Senar System. In short, it will also host actions and events through partnerships to strengthen coffee growing at local, state and national level.
“Our aim will be to train qualified and competent technicians. That’s why it’s important to partner with all the links in the coffee agribusiness chain and involve the country’s main producing regions. At the end of the course, the student will be prepared to work in activities before, inside and after the gate. We want to be a benchmark in the training of coffee technicians,” said the director of the Center of Excellence, Roberto Barata.
“The Rural Producers’ Unions in Varginha and throughout the region are also important partners in training coffee growers so that they can continue their work of generating wealth for the state and bringing food to thousands of families,” added the president of the Faemg Senar System, Antônio de Salvo.
Coffee growing in Minas Gerais
Brazil is the largest coffee producing country, accounting for 38% of world production. And Minas Gerais’ production accounts for around 52% of the national amount. If Minas Gerais were a country, it would be the largest producer in the world.
Likewise, the Center of Excellence in Coffee Growing in Varginha is located in a strategic region for the production, research and marketing of coffee in the state, the South of Minas Gerais, which is home to the largest number of producing municipalities, responsible for 50% of the coffee produced in the state, which corresponds to the amount produced by Colombia, the world’s 3rd largest producer.
Inauguration of the Center of Excellence in Coffee Growing
Address: Rua Luiz Dominguetti, 115 – Residencial Alto do Vale, Varginha (MG)