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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Despite the decline of export value of Brazilian agricultural goods and the decline in the agriculture sector’s surplus in 2015 in comparison to 2014, the record volume shipped and the appreciated U.S. dollar helped the sector last year, according to the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture. Data released on Monday shows that agricultural exports fell by 8.8 percent in value last year from 2014, to US$88.2 billion.

According to Tatiana Palermo, secretary of International Agribusiness Relations at the Ministry of Agriculture, the reason for the decline . . .

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