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Water crisis could pit farmers against Bolsonaro

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Energy crisis creates agribusiness problem for Bolsonaro

irrigation farmers Energy crisis creates agribusiness problem for Bolsonaro
Half of supplies taken from Brazilian reservoirs were used for irrigation. Photo: Alf Ribeiro/Shutterstock

Following a particularly dry 2020-2021 summer, Brazil’s reservoirs are approaching their lowest levels on record and the country faces an imminent energy crisis. A response could come from a piece of legislation giving the government more power over reservoirs — to the detriment of environmental agencies. 

  • However, the Bolsonaro administration is facing a new challenge: members of the House’s rural caucus are disgruntled by what they see as the government’s...

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