Antonio Favano Neto
São Paulo/SP, 1935
Interview granted in 2016
Antonio Favano Neto is a merchant and was born in São Paulo/SP on July 30, 1935. During the dictatorship, there were periods of great scarcity and supply crises. Here, Antonio recounts that the political discretion of the government had led to disastrous decisions, also in policies aimed at managing food production.
We had major climate problems and a very wrong agrarian policy, a very wrong one. They created big supply chain problems. In the general supply chain, in the meat meat, in everything. I think the supply chain problem was one of the biggest mistakes of the federal government.
To the point that they arrested me and released me because Figueiredo, who became my friend, Figueiredo, he said: “Plant and João will guarantee it”, and the producer planted beans and there was a shortage of beans, and he sent the Army to collect the beans from the plantations at minimum price. And I was foolish to say, “Next time you plant and João takes it. And then you can imagine what happened, right?
There was a strongman of the government called General Glauco de Morais, who believed that the beans had to be sold at such a price and he didn’t care if the producer had gains or not.
There were major interferences, so much that Golbery do Couto e Silva ordered to mix soybeans with black beans to sell them at cheaper prices. But when you put soybeans together with beans, what we called “black-tie beans”, when you put both together, a filth is formed, because the soy spoils the beans and the beans spoil the soy. And incredible though it may seem, the carioca is very creative, they went to the market and bought soybeans mixed with rice at list prices, and at supermarket’s door, they separated one from another, threw out the soybeans and sold the beans at a very expensive price, at the price they wanted, because there were no beans available.
October 26, 2022