Since 1955, CAMTA has had 841 affiliations, among them isseis (Japanese people who migrated to the Americas, in this case to Brazil), nisseis (children of Japanese born in Brazil) and sansei (3rd generation born in Brazil); and of course, also Brazilians from the Amazon and other regions of the country.
Currently, it has 172 members and over 1,800 small producers, and provides training programs and other projects that generate around 10,000 direct and indirect jobs in the region of Tomé-Açu.
Investment in production
Today’s production entails major investment, aligned with the knowledge accumulated throughout our history. CAMTA’s current production capacity is 6 thousand tons per year. Our products are enjoyed in Brazil and abroad, providing high quality selection and meeting national and international market requirements, especially with regard to health and safety.
More on our members
When asked about his favorite CAMTA product, Adriano Onuki does not hesitate to choose black pepper. Even among a large variety of fruit pulps, Adriano chooses the piperaceae, “because, with it, I have seen many producers hugely increase their assets and I also see an opportunity for me in the future.”
Adriano Onuki joined the cooperative in 2020. But being a new member does not prevent him from acknowledging the value and history of the cooperative and its members. In different ways, young Adriano’s life is linked to the life of Mr. Hiramizu and with CAMTA.
Mr. Hiramizu is over 70 years of age and is one of the pioneering and experienced members, whose path is intertwined with the history of CAMTA. He came to Brazil with his family in the early 1960s at the age of 16. Born in the Miyazaki province of the city of Nojiri – which is currently part of the city of Kobayashi – he and his Japanese-Brazilian family maintain ties with their family back in Japan. The construction of CAMTA goes on, with respect to the past, and investment in the future.