With the goal of helping young producers manage the property, agronomist Lucas Derings, of Palutina, West Parana, created a podcast. The program conducts interviews with professionals and producers with the aim of encouraging young people to stay in rural areas.
Lucas was born in the countryside, but the family left the farm when he was 10 because he saw no prospects in rural activity. Today, with the help of the knowledge gained in the agricultural engineering course, he gives advice in the podcast “Agrojovem” on how to manage property in the countryside
In effective rural management, you have sibling transparency to show results. Kids are starting to understand business and parents are becoming more comfortable about letting their kids direct the work,” Lucas said.
For Lucas, in addition to knowledge of property management, technology is one of the attractions that helps young people to survive in the rural environment.
According to the latest agricultural census, conducted by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) in 2017, 7.7% of rural real estate in Paraná is managed by people between the ages of 25 and 35. This figure represents a 70% increase compared to the previous survey conducted in 2006.
For teacher Alessandra Matt, who has been studying family succession in rural areas for 13 years, the growth in the number of young people in rural areas is due to an increased quality of life.
“For a long time, the rural environment was viewed as an underdeveloped environment, without access to the quality of life that the urban environment provides. Today, the rural environment provides almost everything that the urban environment,” Alessandra said.
However, according to her, a lack of reward and dialogue is one of the factors that can push young people away from the environment: “We need to make young people more resilient, to have more empathy and to put themselves in their parents’ shoes and understand why. The side of the parents, who have to listen to their children and not just treat them as helpers, but as members of the management of a country estate.”
Family succession is one of the reasons why young people manage rural property.
The family property of the farmer Nestor Araldi, covering more than 200 hectares, in Palutina, is treated by the owners as a company. The business is already entering its fourth generation.
“My dad gave me 10 bushels when I got married. I came to live here and raised my family in farming, on the farm. After that, they (family members) were able to work together and were impressed with the work I did, so far they are playing property,” said Nestor.
The children, in turn, never thought of leaving the land and managing it with planning: “The company is divided into sectors. Each one is in charge of a sector, which makes everyday life easier. Decisions are made together,” explained Gerson Araldi, one of the children.
The work on the site is also divided. Gilberto Araldi takes care of crops, cages and gerson dairy cows. All the money that comes in one box.
Sons receive a salary, and at the end of the year, the profits are divided. Parents also receive as business partners.
Everything he learned from his parents, Gilberto tries to pass on to his 18-year-old son Eduardo. “I learned from my father, and the way I learned was good. Now I’m passing it on to him,” he said.
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