The National Agriculture Awards recognize projects and personalities that have contributed most to the advancement of the sector

Press Release – April 13, 2023

The National Agriculture Awards recognize projects and personalities that have contributed most to the advancement of the sector

  • Joaquim Pedro Torres, Managing Director of Valinvest, was honored with the Personality Award for his career and contribution to the sector.

  • Commander Rui Nabeiro is honored for his life’s testimony in favor of union and cooperation in Portugal’s agricultural sector.

  • An initiative promoted by BPI and Cofina received 1,320 applications – the highest number ever – for five competition categories: young farmers, sole traders, digital agriculture, export agriculture and sustainable agriculture.

The winners of the 11th edition of the National Agriculture Awards have already been announced. The revelation was made at a ceremony that singles out national success stories in agriculture, agro-industry, forestry and livestock and which, once again, was attended by the Minister of Agriculture and Food, Maria do Seu Antunes, who closed the event.

The initiative, organized in partnership by BPI, Correio da Manhã and Jornal de Negócios, sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development and supported by PwC, had 1,320 applications – the highest number ever.
This year, in the Special Personality category, Joaquim Pedro Torres was honored for his extensive and recognized career in promoting the national agricultural sector. This route includes not only Valinveste, the company he created and currently manages, but also Agroglobal, a unique event in the national panorama, which he has created and promoted for several years.

The members of the jury unanimously decided to pay posthumous tribute to Commander Rui Nabeiro – already distinguished by the PNA in 2016 with the Personalized Award – for his invaluable contribution to the integration and mobilization of the national agricultural sector, in its various aspects and because he is a globally recognized personality of life and work. His son, João Manuel Nabeiro, took the stage, receiving the distinction from Pedro Barreto, director of the BPI, and Ana Dias, director of the Cofina Group.

The event announced the winners of five competition categories – Young Farmers, Sole Traders, Digital Agriculture, Export Agriculture and Sustainable Agriculture, with the jury recognizing the following companies and entrepreneurs:

Young Farmers Division

Winner: Joel Mateus
Honorable Mention: Luis Salvador Oliveira

Sole trader

Winner: Alvaro Martinho Lopes
Winner: Camellia Unipesol
Honorable Mention: Rui Lucas

Digital Agriculture

Vensedor: Jacobus van Schie

Export agriculture

Winner: CACIAL

Sustainable agriculture

Vencedor: Bell Portugal Cheese Dairy

BPI Director Pedro Barreto and Cofina Group Director Ana Dias inaugurated the event that brings together BPI, Jornal de Negócios and Correio da Manhã, which promotes, promotes and recognizes the best in agriculture. In Portugal, in its various vectors and which path this partnership wants to follow, in a future where all involved commit to a stronger, more innovative, dynamic and competitive agricultural sector.

Maria do Seu Antunes, Minister of Agriculture, was in charge of the institutional closure.

BPI supports companies in the agriculture sector

Agriculture is one of the priority sectors selected by BPI The dynamism and resilience of Portuguese agriculture is a reflection of its commitment to promoting innovation and competitiveness, allowing the sector to assert itself with a strong and growing presence in Portugal and abroad.

BPI positions itself as a company partner in the agriculture sector. It is the official bank of Ovibeza (since 2012), sponsor of Feira Nacional de Agricultura (since 2014) and Agroglobal and Colóquio do Milho, agricultural fairs held in Portugal, thus strengthening proximity to professionals in the sector. It also organizes the National Agriculture Awards, now in its 11th edition, to distinguish national success stories in agriculture, agro-industry, forestry and livestock.

It is a leader in short-term financing for the agricultural sector, with a 65% share of the total number of advances in operating subsidies provided by IFAP and validated by the CAP (2022 campaign, data up to October 12) and also 65% of campaign loans from IFAP in support of productive units in the agriculture, forestry and livestock sectors. (First half of 2022).

BPI. Bank for Agriculture.


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