Castrolanda announces installation of unit in Tocantins

The acquired area is 83 hectares; location is strategic for receiving and transporting grains to port regions

26.01.2024 | 15:44 (UTC -3)
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Castrolanda Cooperativa Agroindustrial announced today the installation of a grain receiving warehouse in the city of Colinas do Tocantins (TO). The objective is to promote local agricultural production, supporting producers who wish to invest in the region. The area acquired for the installation of the unit is 83 hectares, located north of the city, on the banks of the BR-153 highway and just over 12 km from the center of Colinas. The location is strategic for receiving the harvest from producers and transporting it to port regions.

The municipality of Colinas do Tocantins has around 34 thousand inhabitants, a number considered low compared to cities in the south and southeast of the country, where Castrolanda operates. However, the city is the sixth most populous in the State and has enormous potential for agricultural development.

The choices to install the unit in Tocantins – and in the Colinas region – were made for strategic reasons and after a long feasibility study. The main reason for Castrolanda's arrival in the North of the country is the difficulty in acquiring, on the part of members operating in the South and Southeast regions, new land to expand local businesses, as explained by the Strategy, Projects and Processes manager at Castrolanda. cooperative, Vitor Almeida.

“Castrolanda’s current challenge for agricultural areas is to gain scale and limited growth due to the lack of land for planting in the regions where the cooperative operates. This scenario is due to factors such as land concentration, land appreciation in the South and Southeast regions, expansion of urban areas and many others that make it difficult for our members to expand their area of ​​activity”, he says.

Expansion studies

Studies to expand the cooperative's business began in March 2022, with the aim of identifying new areas with potential for Castrolanda to operate, taking into account criteria such as land cost, infrastructure, agricultural suitability and the presence of Fundação ABC – a research body and agricultural development promoted by Castrolanda alongside two other cooperatives in Paraná: Frísia and Capal.

At the Colinas do Tocantins unit, Castrolanda aims to replicate the success of its operations in Paraná, generating value for its members and the market, growing in a sustainable way and aligned with the strategic development of the cooperative. The warehouse will operate with the reception, drying and storage of grains, in addition to assisting cooperative producers in issues such as supply of inputs, technical assistance and precision agriculture.

For Seung Lee, Executive Director of Castrolanda, geographic expansion is vital for the strategic development of the cooperative. "By reaching new regions, we are not only growing numerically, but strengthening our position in the market. The increase in scale makes us resilient in the face of local challenges, and the unit in Colinas do Tocantins represents a significant step in our mission to generate value for the cooperative and the agribusiness market”, he explains.

72 years of history

The cooperative has Business Units divided into Operations (Agricultural, Meat, Milk, Potatoes and Administration) and Industrial (Milk and Potatoes). In Tocantins, the operations will be exclusively in the Agricultural area. There are currently more than 1,1 members and 2,5 employees, spread across 28 units in the states of Paraná and São Paulo. 

The agricultural giant is 72 years old with a historic revenue record of just over R$7 billion recorded at the end of 2022.

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