Brazil to Unveil Modernized Regulatory Framework

Katia Abreu

Katia Abreu

In a long-awaited move, Brazilian Agriculture Minister Katia Abreu announced the country will unveil a plan on May 6 that will revamp the country’s bureaucracy-mired regulatory framework.

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The National Plan for Agricultural Defense aims to modernize the regulatory framework of crop protection chemicals and restructure disease and pest analysis laboratories, the Minister said after meeting with President Dilma Rousseff.

“This plan is a major breakthrough in agricultural defense of the country. Our goal is to signal to our customers in Brazil, first, and also the rest of the world that we have commitment to health issues,” Abreu said during a press conference earlier this week.

Also on May 6, Abreu will launch new regulations of the Brazilian System Inspection (Sisbi) tool that will decentralize federal inspection services and expand the agro-industrialization of family farming products.

“This regulation has been expected since 2006 and represents a real possibility of increasing the income of small farmers and the expansion of the rural middle class goal we have pursued,” Abreu said.