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LatinNews Daily - 04 April 2019

In brief: Brazil

* Brazil’s agriculture ministry (Mapa) has announced that the Brazilian organic food market yielded R$4bn (US$1.03bn) in 2018, a result 20% higher than that registered in 2017, as reported by the Brazilian council for organic and sustainable production (Organis). In a study conducted by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (Ifoam), released in February, Brazil appears as a leader in the Latin American organic food market. However, when considering the amount of land used for organic agriculture, the country ranks third in the region, after Argentina and Uruguay, and 12th in the world. President Jair Bolsonaro has announced on Twitter that the Mapa is currently developing policies to promote the expansion of organic agriculture and preparing to hold the 15th edition of the country’s national organic week in May.