The Minister of Agriculture of Brazil, Tereza Cristina Costa, said today that her country intends to negotiate with the world "without ideology" and "without political noise", and to remain as the leading food producer "without harming the environment".
An example of that premise is China, the country's largest trading partner, a preferential destination for Brazilian agricultural products and with which the far-right government Jair Bolsonaro wants to do business "in a very professional manner," Costa said at a press conference with foreign correspondents.
This week, the trip to China of a parliamentary committee of the Social Liberal Party (PSL), led by Bolsonaro, sparked controversy in the ruling base, in which some sectors criticized that visit to a "communist" country.
On those controversies, Costa said that his office will remain oblivious to the "political noises" and even announced that it is preparing a tour of Asian countries that will include a stopover in China.
The idea is to "sit down and negotiate on an equal footing" and add to the agricultural business portfolio issues also related to the infrastructure needed by the Brazilian countryside, with the inclusion of railway or hydroelectric projects that could be financed by foreign capital, explained .
The minister also denied that Bolsonaro's new policies aim to allow further degradation of the Amazon ecosystem or that they intend to "end" indigenous reserves.
According to Costa, the laws that regulate these matters "have not been altered" and the government only wants them to "be complied with", through a better control and that, in case of conflicts, the solution is given by the Justice.
He argued that this debate is contaminated by "much romanticism" and "some hysteria" and that simply "there is a law and it has to be" enforced "," applied "and" audited ".
He also indicated that, in the case of indigenous reserves, which occupy 13% of the Brazilian territory, as well as "there is the part of the land, there is also the humanitarian part" and the "right" of the original populations not to be excluded. development.
"We must support the indigenous people, help their development, bring public health to their reserves, which have the worst rates, and also carry electricity", because "where there is poverty, the environment is not preserved", he said.
Costa also confessed that the government's decision to keep Brazil in the Paris Agreement on climate change, which Bolsonaro had suggested could be abandoned, was "very important for agriculture", since leaving that agreement could have had a negative impact in the exports of the sector.
Even so, he clarified that just as Brazil "will respect" the rules of that agreement, "it is also necessary that the other countries fulfill their part".
According to the minister, the Brazilian agricultural sector "can still grow a lot and that scares the world" and even to great powers such as the United States, to which the Bolsonaro government "has begun to approach", although in that area it is an open " competitor "of the country in international markets.