Sónia Brito is the big winner of the 1st edition of the TalentA Program, with SR Berry, a project that was born in the Algarve and aims to expand the production capacity of biological persimmons.
To mark International Women's Day and its importance for the rural future, Corteva Agriscience and the Confederation of Farmers of Portugal (CAP) promoted a pioneering initiative that aims to train rural entrepreneurs with training and financing.
The program had more than 90 entries, of which three projects were elected, which resulted in a winner and two finalists.
The jury, composed of specialized representatives from both entities, evaluated different criteria ranging from innovation, combating desertification, the impact and sustainability of the projects registered, economic empowerment to the possibility of business replication.
CAP and Corteva delivered the first prize to the Algarve Sónia Brito for the SR Berry initiative, a project that was born in Lagoa and aims to expand the production capacity of persimmon.
Produces small red fruits for export
Sónia Brito has a degree in Civil Engineering and invested in agriculture, "taking advantage of inherited land and the exceptional climatic conditions of the Algarve region to develop the production of small red fruits for export".
At this time it produces blackberries, raspberries and persimmons. The objective is to increase the production capacity of persimmons to respond to market demand.
The technology used by SR Berry in the exploration is hydroponics – a crop without soil. The organic substrate is composed of several 100% natural substances. The fruit produced at SR Berry is 100% natural and is certified by Global GAP and GRASP.
The winner and the two finalists will have access to a training program (e-commerce, social networks, business plan, commercial techniques, etc.) promoted by CAP to provide the projects with more work tools and successful metrics. Sónia Brito will also receive a financial support of 5,000 euros for the implementation of her project.