It was in 2020 that the Presidente Tancredo Neves Rural Producers` Cooperative (Coopatan), our partner, reached the mark of 1,841 tons of food produced by its associated farmers, and an annual revenue of BRL 20 million. Created in 2000, the cooperative supports more than 300 associates to develop production technologies, and organize their crops, to then be processed, in order to add value and access markets with better, new products, thereby achieving an increase in income.
Located in the municipality of Presidente Tancredo Neves, Bahia, Coopatan was founded by family farmers from the region, who were looking for better working conditions. By joining forces, the cooperative looks for markets with fairer prices, and offers the cooperative members a guarantee that they will have a destination for their products, eliminating the involvement of middlemen.
Coopatan supports rural producers, to professionalize their production, providing the entrepreneurial concepts of producing and generating results to guarantee survival, promote growth, and achieve business sustainability.
The institution`s main products in their catalogue are currently plantain, sweet cassava, pineapples, cassava flour, avocados, banana chips and coconut pancakes. Coopatan products can be found at Atacadão, G Barbosa, Grupo Big, Cesta do Povo, Grupo Extra, Sam’s Club, and Novo Mix, in the northeast region.
Always investing in innovation and technology to optimize their internal processes, Coopatan expanded its flour factory in 2021, enabling them to process products such as cassava starch.
Cousins Juan and Lucas Rodrigues ride their bikes in front of their family`s property. Pedaling in their respective little red and blue boots, they had just returned from the fields with their parents, where they carefully and curiously watched what they were doing with the earth. “Everyone works together here,” explained Jailton, a cooperative farmer since 2015, and young Juan`s father. At the Gendiba I community, in Presidente Tancredo Neves, alongside his wife, Ducilena, brother, Josenilton, and sister-in-law, Anita, he grows bananas and sweet cassava, both sold by Coopatan, and also soursop, cocoa and corn, which are used for their own consumption. Since they became cooperative members, they comment that the way of producing has changed. “Things became easier due to the technical support we receive,” explained Jailton, also highlighting that they now attain better prices for their products, since the inclusion of middlemen in commercial relations has been eliminated, previously selling their products at very low prices. “We used to plant crops so as not to lose the seeds. Now we have a greater desire to produce,” he added.