Radar manages agricultural properties and was set up in 2008 in response to the growing worldwide demand for food. By means of the most advanced technology in geo-processing and agri-meteorology, Radar buys and adapts rural properties that have agricultural potential and follows the strict guidelines set out in Brazilian legislation, in particular the Brazilian forestry code.
All this so that qualified operators can produce efficiently and obtain good results without compromising the environment. Today, the company administers farms in eight states in Brazil, totaling more than 280 thousand hectares that are dedicated to planting sugarcane, soybean, cotton and corn, etc. In order to guarantee the quality of its investments, Radar inspects the environmental, social and economic aspects of the whole of its land portfolio.
Radar, in its deals, keeps a close eye on global challenges. The UN estimates that there will be a world population of 9.6 billion in 2050, and this will create twice the current demand for agricultural products. Another study, carried out by FAO, states that the growth in per capita income impacts directly on the increase in consumption of animal protein calories, which, as a result, demands a large production of grain. On another front, the search for renewable energy finds one of its alternative solutions in the fields – biofuel – made from agricultural products like sugarcane, corn, castor beans, soybean, etc. These are examples of challenges that all point in the same direction: the importance of the sustainable use of the land.
A leader in worldwide agribusiness, Brazil has valuable natural resources for facing the challenges efficiently and safely. Over the last decade it has occupied a privileged position in the production and export of foods and has been a leader in the coffee, oranges, chicken, soybean, sugar and beef markets. Added to this is the fact that it is one of the few countries in the world that has large stretches of land available for plantations; approximately 200 million hectares are available. Besides this, there is the ongoing expansion of more suitable logistics infrastructure that completes the promising picture for agricultural activity in the country.
It is precisely in this scenario of growing global demand and the leadership role of Brazil that Radar is strategically placed for identifying, negotiating and responsibly managing, and adding value to, lands that will contribute to the development and increase in agricultural production. As a result, Radar’s objective will always be to generate valuewhile focusing on developing Brazil.
- Acquisition and leasing of lands
The commercial area of Radar builds lasting relationships with potential buyers and sellers of agricultural properties in Brazil. At the same time, the technical team evaluates the investments in productive properties that are leased to operators who are leaders in the production of soybean, corn, cotton, sugarcane, etc. Mapping the properties is based on geo-processing and geo-analysis and applies the most advanced monitoring technology via satellite.
- Management of portfolio
The support areas have teams that focus on the title deedsand environmental compliance of the properties, the aim of which is to regularize and prepare the land so that first class rural operators will be able to cultivate crops efficiently and obtain good results. In order for the over 280 thousand hectares of land to comply with the Brazilian forestry code – one of the strictest and most complete in the world - Radar carries out geo-referencing of the portfolio, maintenance of the permanent conservation arias, of its riparian forests and natural reserves and also recuperation of degraded areas.
- Partnership with operators and market leaders
Focusing on real estate assets and quality lands, Radar looks for partners who are qualified to operate the company’s lands and to set up alliances for responsibly managing the properties. That is why Radar has created SiteVisit, which is a periodic checklist that considers environmental, social and economic aspects, in harmony with national legislation and with global agreements.
Radar has over 670 properties in the states of São Paulo, Goiás, Piauí, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Tocantins and Bahia, totaling more than 280 thousand hectares that are being managed. With the head office in São Paulo, it has four regional offices in Piracicaba (SP), Jaú (SP), Diamantino (MT) and Balsas (MA). Its portfolio is worth more than R$ 5.7 billion.