Agrária is an agro-industrial cooperative situated in Guarapuava (State of Paraná), headquartered in the district of Entre Rios. It was set up in 1951, and brings together tradition and history, technology and excellence in management. From its foundation in agriculture, Agrária has set up complete production chains, comprising everything from agricultural research, carried out by FAPA (Agrária Foundation for Agricultural Research), to industrial processing.
The main crops produced by the cooperative’s members are soybeans, corn, wheat and barley. Value is added to the commodities by the business units: Agrária Malte (Malt), Agrária Farinhas (Flours), Agrária Nutrição Animal (Animal Feed), Agrária Sementes (Seeds), Agrária Óleo e Farelo (Oil and Meal) and Agrária Grits & Flakes.
In support of production, Cooperativa Agrária Agroindustrial has its own energy matrix, a logistics structure comprising three storage units, and a modern central laboratory that carries out analyses at every stage of the production chain.
Agrária, with its commitment to the future, also invests in education, in the preservation of culture, and in the health and well-being of the whole community, as the maintaining body for the Imperatriz Dona Leopoldina School, the Swabian-Brazilian Cultural Foundation and the Semmelweis Hospital and Pharmacy.
Agrária has an Integrated Management System based on the following norms:
Research, development, production, marketing and sale of agro-industrial products and services.
Research, development, production, marketing and sale of agro-industrial products and services at cereal processing, storage and industrial units.
Production of agro-industrial products in cereal processing, storage and industrialization units.
*Data from the 2020 Report Annual
Agrária’s existence is intertwined with the life of the people from which it originated. When it was founded, on May 5, 1951, the challenge was to support 500 Danube Swabian families in restarting their lives.
Agriculture has been the main activity carried out by the Danube Swabians since their origin, in the South of Germany. Starting in the eighteenth century, they colonized the Southeast region of Europe and transformed it into Europe’s breadbasket. The conflicts of the Second World War and their German origin forced the Swabians to leave their homes in 1944.
After seven years living in shelters for refugees in Austria, an initiative of the humanitarian institution “Swiss Aid for Europe” developed a project for these families to be reestablished. A commission, led by agricultural engineer Michael Moor, found a new homeland for them in the State of Paraná, building Cooperativa Agrária and its members’ community in Entre Rios.
To develop, produce and market agro-industrial products and services, adding value with the proper technology and superior quality, aiming at customer satisfaction and respecting the individual, the principles of the cooperative movement and the environment.
To be a national benchmark in agro-industrial production technology and in cooperative management.
Sense of Ownership
"Cooperativa Agrária, guided by its values and strategic planning, develops, produces and sells agro-industrial products and services, with the following responsibilities and commitments:
POLAGR001 – Integrated Management Policy, version 00 of April 27, 2020
Agrária’s cooperative members are characterized by the professional management of their properties and by the high technological level adopted in the field. For both productivity and quality in production to advance, our members have the support of the research carried out by FAPA (Agrária Foundation for Agricultural Research) and focused technical assistance.
Specialized departments attend and support our members, with financial guidance, funding projects, grain marketing, and seed and agricultural raw material purchasing
Technical training and events, as well as the "PAGR" (Agrária Rural Management Program), supply our members with tools and information for continuous updating and improvement in production and in their properties.
FAPA (Agrária Foundation for Agricultural Research) was set up by the Cooperative in order to generate and apply technologies that would meet the members’ requirements for productivity, as well as the quality required by business units and customers alike.
Eleven highly qualified researchers work in specific areas, with a view to generating complete information that is focused on the regions where members operate. Studies involve the assessment and selection of new cultivars and hybrids, soil fertility, planting times, plant density, weed control, disease and pest management, and agricultural mechanization.
The technical information resulting from research work is used by our technical assistance agronomists and applied together with our members. Technologies are also disseminated by publications, training, talks and specific technical events, such as the Summer Field Day and the WinterShow – considered to be the biggest event related to winter cereals in Brazil.
All of Agrária’s production chain is supported by the analyses effected in the Central Laboratory. Since 2012, the laboratory has been accredited by the Inmetro (National Metrology Institute) under the ISO/IEC 17025 norm, the scope encompassing analyses of barley and malt, wheat flour, seeds, and phytopathology.
In 2017, it increased its accreditation scope to include trials of water and effluents, including sampling, and beer and mycotoxins, using the high-performance liquid chromatograph method, thus achieving formal recognition for its competence for issuing trustworthy reports.
In 2018, it was accredited to operate as provider of the Proficiency Trial Program (“PEP”), according to the criteria of norm ABNT NBR ISO/IEC 17043, Wheat Flour matrix. As a result, it became the sole body in Latin America qualified to assess other national and international laboratories in the wheat flour matrix.
Administrative Head Office
Manfred Michael Majowski
Edmund Kreuscher Gumpl
Alex Junior Klein
William Robert Korpasch
Marcelo Mores Edling
|Rainer Mathias Leh|
Marcos Tiago Geier
Gabriel Gerster Leh