Brazil’s Agrobusiness Interests Fear Amazon Fires May Hurt Exports

Despite new measures announced by President Bolsonaro to combat Amazon fires, exporters are still concerned about a decline in business.

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Despite Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro apparently curving to global pressure and announcing stronger measures to combat fires currently burning in the Amazon, Brazil’s agribusiness continue to fear that tension between Brazil and its allies may hurt the country’s exports.

"We risk boycotting of our exports, pressure from consumers and environmentalists tends to increase, and Brazil may lose markets," said former agribusiness minister Blairo Maggi.

“Bolsonaro and his minister [Ricardo Salles] have made Brazil a world environmental villain,” said Senator Renan Calheiros on his Twitter account on Saturday, criticizing the president and the lack . . .

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