The cultivation of sisal was established in the Northeast section of Brazil in a semi-arid region which has rain fall between 600 and 800 mm, with irregular precipitations year round.
Given that sisal requires the minimal precipitation of 400 mm per year, it has developed and adapted well to this region, and because of the low precipitation rate and irregularity, it consequently offers few agriculture option for the population.
As a result, the sisal has critical importance to the population of the producing region. There are more than 600,000 people that depend directly or indirectly of its cultivation and do not have any other alternative source of income besides the production and commercialization of sisal fiber.
Since the production system which prevails is the ´minifúndios` – farms of between 10 to 20 hectares – the wealth originated from the production and commercialization of the sisal benefits thousands of people in the fields and at the cities that are located within the sisal producing region.
Therefore, sisal is an essential source of income and work to thousands of people, and that is why it is so important.
Besides all theses benefits, as the work of families prevail, it constitutes of an important bonding agent of men at the semi-arid region, avoiding the migration of many people to the outskirts of big cities.
Another benefit of the sisal cultivation is that, as it is environmentally friendly, there is no use of chemical products; therefore it is a ‘clean’ product (organic sisal) without any chemical residue.