Bolsonaro Retreats from Merging Environment with Agriculture

Current and former ministers, environmentalists and people from agribusiness all criticized joining the two departments

Phillippe Watanabe
São Paulo

President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said that "looks like" the ministries of Agricultura and Environment will continue to be separate during his administrations, and that the Environment will be led by someone that won't be a "radical environmentalist."

Bolsonaro said that the idea was put in discussion and possibly will change. "They will be two separate departments, but with someone that will defend the environment without any radicalisms, as it's been the case in previous administrations."

Nabhan Garcia (R), the head of farmers group, and president-elect Jair Bolsonaro
Nabhan Garcia (R), the head of farmers' group UDR, and president-elect Jair Bolsonaro
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The announcement was made on Thursday (1st) during an interview with a Catholic TV station.
Luiz Antônio Nabhan Garcia, president of the Ruralist Democratic Association, nodded towards the retreat on Wednesday (31st) afternoon. According to him, the matter will only be defined "after much talking".

Nabhan Garcia had already disclosed his reservations about the merger during the campaign, but Onyx Lorenzoni, the future Chief of Staff, said that the merger was still happening, as it was one of Bolsonaro's campaign promises. Later, Lorenzoni said he would be open to suggestions from agribusiness representatives that defended keeping the departments separate.
 

Translated by NATASHA MADOV

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