BRIC Group needs to face protectionism and isolationism, says Agriculture minister

Minister Tereza Cristina (Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply) said on Wednesday that the main challenge of the bloc formed by Brazil, India, China, Russia and South Africa (BRICs) is to resolve tendencies to protectionism, isolationism and unilateralism . "(Challenges) Require, as before, collective responses. They demand that we stick to the same idea: simple but powerful, to join forces, "he said during a welcome to representatives of BRIC delegations in Brasilia for the Meeting of Vice Ministers of Agriculture of the economic bloc. 

The meeting is preparatory to the 9th BRIC Agriculture Ministers Meeting, which will be held in Bonito (MS) in September. In Brasília, representatives of the delegation visited the headquarters of Embrapa (Brazilian Agricultural Research Company) and visit the laboratories that test new sugarcane varieties and seed banks and seedlings.

For the minister, it is an opportunity to show the innovations produced by the institution that contributes to the effort to adapt tropical agriculture to climate change. Tereza Cristina also stressed that "Brazil is ready and willing to contribute to ensuring global food security, incorporating, at the heart of its strategy, the principles of sustainable development." 

In the afternoon, the group meets in the auditorium of the MPLS to discuss guidelines related to the development of agriculture in member countries. Themes such as promotion of science, technology and innovation; digital economy; increased contacts between the productive sector and projects developed by the New BND Development Bank (NDB) are planned. The meeting will be led by Ambassador Orlando Ribeiro, Secretary of Commerce and International Relations of the ministry. This Thursday (18), the discussions continue and end with bilateral meetings between member countries.


The head of the Chinese delegation is the director of the country's Veterinary Service, LI Jinxiang; of India, Secretary Shri Sanjay Agarwal; Ambassador JN Mashimbye; and the Russian, the deputy director Ilia Geraschenko. The Brazilian is headed by the Secretary of Commerce and International Relations of the MPLS, Orlando Ribeiro.


At the end of the meeting, Tereza Cristina commented on the Mercosur Summit, which began on Wednesday in Argentina. At the meeting, Argentine President Maurício Macri will pass the post of president pro tempore of Mercosur to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. "We have several issues, the agreement with the European Union, which needs to be continued and also discuss how this will happen in the next few years, including parliamentary approval."

She also expressed optimism and said that "things will now move forward. We have a great atmosphere of discussion here. In agriculture, some problems between us, that affect us and that we have to work a new way to gain new markets. " Brazil will lead the group over the next six months and will host the next Mercosur meeting, to be held at the end of the year in Bento Gonçalves (RS).

Posting: Marina Carvejani