Brazil’s Minister Warns of Trade Disruption with Arab Countries and China

In 2018, Brazilian agribusiness exports will likely surpass for the first time the US$100 billion barrier.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Outgoing Agriculture Minister, Blairo Maggi, warned that geopolitical interferences could lead to a possible trade disruption between Brazilian agro-producers and the Arab countries and China, two markets that are very important to Brazil’s agribusiness sector.

“We do not wish to be the leader of the world. We cannot be the leader of the world, so why are we going to take on such confrontations?” asked Maggi on Friday during a press conference to sum up his period as head of the Agriculture Ministry.

“About 50 percent of Brazilian . . .

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