Country's biggest grain producer, Mato Grosso faces lack of qualified workers

March 19, 2012


The state of Mato Grosso, in Mid-west of Brazil, is the country's biggest grain producer, and it has on soybean its most important crop. Despite of being the number one on this scenario, the state still shows some difficulties to find qualified workers.
This lack of workers comes not only from people that moved out urban areas and does not know how to manage the required services, but also because there is not so many qualified workers to deal with high technologies.
"Nowadays there is a demand, but we have not enough qualified workers to supply those needs", says  Rui Prado that takes partof an Agricultural group in the state.
On the first two months of 2012, the sector had the highest hiring average in Brazil, with more than 21.446 new jobs, according to the Ministry of Employment. With more capable workers Agriculture sector could be more competitive.
Until 2020, for example, the swine sector would expand on 180% its growing average, same number as aviculture. Soybean would growth 49%, says the Mato Grosso Institute of Agricultural Economics. "Till 2020 we must qualify about 1 million persons to be able to deal with our local needs", concluded Rui Prado.
In the next few days the National Rural Service of Rural Learning should make a survey to figure out the biggest lack on the sector and start qualifying people. Last year, for the sake of comparison, 45 thousand persons were qualified by this service.

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