Native Production Cycle
One of Balbo Group's most important applications of agronomic knowledge is the global green sugarcane production and harvesting system, the so-called Green Cane Project, initiated in 1987. Its main objective consists of a self-sustainable sugarcane production system, which seeks to perform the crop's entire ecological and conservationist potential.
The work included thousands of hours of research and major investments, including the development of a raw sugarcane harvester in collaboration with the manufacturer, area systematization for mechanized harvesting, sugarcane variety adjustments*, organic fertilizers, and soil phytosanitary treatment and preparation, among other actions.
From soil preparation for planting to industrial sugarcane processing, there was the integration of the most advanced technologies available and the human being's ancestral knowledge in the organic land stewardship. As a result, the São Francisco Sugarmill (UFRA) was granted the organic producer certificate in October 1997.UFRA currently plants 12,500 hectares of land with sugarcane organically. To complement the Plant's organic raw material needs, over 7,500 hectares of 11 farms belonging to the Santo Antônio Plant were converted and certified. The current 20,000 hectares of certified sugarcane plantations are processed organically by the São Francisco Plant.