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VIDEO | More than 10,000 hectares of cerrado may be devasted to agribusiness project

Although the disputed land is not officially protected by environmental agencies, experts highlights its importance

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Between August 2020 and July 2021, the Cerrado lost an area equivalent to almost six times the city of São Paulo - Marcelo Camargo/ Agência Brasil

More than 10,000 hectares of cerrado, a tropical savanna biome, may be deforested in the northern region of Minas Gerais state. The BrasilAgro company, the property's owner, intends to deforest the area to implement soybean and cattle production.

In February this year, the Preliminary License request was submitted to the responsible body, but environmentalists who followed the issue say the process is full of negligence. BrasilAgro’s Preliminary License request was suspended in March. According to the company’s statement, the project was developed democratically through discussions with the civil and local communities.

"We know that in that small area, part of it was used in the 70s in an attempt to cultivate eucalyptus. The rest of the region directly affected does not have any use on a large scale. Thus we can be talking about primary cerrado, untouched areas", says Lígia Vial, from the Minas State Association for the Defense of the Environment 

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Edited by: Arturo Hartmann