Former director of Unica Antonio de Padua Rodrigues, leader of the sugarcane and ethanol sector, dies

Former director of Unica Antonio de Padua Rodrigues, leader of the sugarcane and ethanol sector, dies

In almost 50 years of history, he participated in the implementation of Proálcool, in the 1970s, and helped in the development of policies aimed at the segment. The wake is scheduled for this Sunday (11). Antonio de Padua Rodrigues, member of Unica Divulgação/ Unica The Sugarcane and Bioenergy Industry Union (Unica) confirmed this Saturday (10) the death of former director Antonio de Padua Rodrigues, aged 71, considered one of the main leaders of the country’s sugar-energy sector. The director was undergoing treatment for cancer, the entity confirmed. “With immense sadness, Unica, representing its associates and collaborators, offers all solidarity and condolences to the family”, the entity said. The wake was scheduled for Sunday (11), from 9am to 1pm, at the Memorial Metropolitano in Piracicaba (SP), his hometown and where he lived. The burial is scheduled for 1pm at the Parque da Ressurreição Cemetery. Leadership of the sugar-energy sector Antonio de Padua Rodrigues was a member of Unica, one of the most important in the chain linked to sugarcane and ethanol production, since 1990, and was the entity’s technical director between 2003 and 2022. In 2012, he became interim president . In almost 50 years of professional career, the director was active at different moments in the development of the sugar-energy sector. Antônio de Pádua, director of Unica, in Ribeirão Preto Reproduction/EPTV In the 1970s, still as a member of the extinct Sugar and Alcohol Institute, he worked in the National Sugarcane Improvement Program and participated in the implementation of Proálcool, an initiative of Brazilian government to intensify alcohol production to replace gasoline in the midst of the global oil crisis. In the 1990s, when he worked for Unica, he played an important role in the approval of the law that implemented the mixture of 22% anhydrous ethanol in gasoline. During his career, Rodrigues was also part of Fiesp’s Superior Agribusiness Council (Cosag). “As one of the most relevant leaders, Antonio de Padua Rodrigues will be marked in history as one of those responsible for the development of the Brazilian sugar-energy sector. For his co-workers, Padua will always be remembered for his easy smile, wisdom and humanity”, informed Unica , in note. Initial plugin text On social media, other entities linked to the sugar-energy and agribusiness sector, such as the National Center for Industries in the Sugar-Energy and Biofuels Sector (Ceise Br) and the National Bioenergy Union (Udop), mourned the death of the former director of Unica . “Today we lost a great icon of the sector, to whom we owe much of the current stage of development of our sugar-energy sector”, lamented, in a statement, the president of Udop, Hugo Cagno Filho. See more news about agriculture in the interior of São Paulo VIDEOS : Everything about Ribeirão Preto, Franca and the region



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