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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The budget of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), one of the main sources of new technologies for the agricultural sector, could be cut by 45 percent in 2020.

In 2019, the funds allocated to state-owned companies were R$3.6 billion (US$900 million). The federal government's proposal for next year is R$1.9 billion and is under consideration by Congress.

The text has already begun to be discussed in the Joint Budget Committee, which consists of deputies and senators. They will give the first opinion on the federal government's spending . . .

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