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Montevideo, March 18th 2018 - 21:24 UTC


  • Wednesday, February 21st 2018 - 09:02 UTC

    Second corn-based ethanol plant in Matto Grosso: 680m liters per year

    Investors project an annual production of 680 million liters of ethanol, 500,000 tons of corn meal and 20,000 tons of corn oil from processing 1.8 million tons of corn

    FS Bioenergia, a joint venture between Brazilian and U.S.-based investors, said on Tuesday it will build its second corn-based ethanol plant in Brazil’s top grains-producing state of Mato Grosso. FS Bioenergia, the first venture to build a 100 percent corn-based ethanol plant in Brazil - where basically all ethanol is made from sugar cane - said it will spend 1 billion reais (US$ 308 million) on the project.

  • Wednesday, February 21st 2018 - 08:53 UTC

    Illinois farm industry concerned with main competitors Argentina and Brazilian growth

    Argentina and Brazil are working to make sure there were no artificial trade barriers in European and Asian markets, and other bio-fuel initiatives

    A market study tour in January to Argentina and Brazil by the US state of Illinois Farm Bureau helped farm bureau leaders and Illinois farmers learn more about their chief competitors. Tamara Nelsen, senior director of commodities at the Illinois Farm Bureau, said the original plan to go to Canada and Mexico was scrapped due to anti-trade rhetoric, which led experts to point them to South America.

  • Wednesday, February 21st 2018 - 08:48 UTC

    Brazil forecasts record 2027/28 soybean crop of 115.6 million tons

    Safras said total planted area with soy in Brazil reached 35.25 million hectares, 1.44 million hectares more than the previous

    Brazil's 2017/18 soybean crop is expected to reach 115.6 million tons, a record volume, 1.2% above the previous record last year of 114.2 million tons, according to an updated forecast from consultancy Safras & Mercado.

  • Tuesday, February 20th 2018 - 09:48 UTC

    Brazilian Army law and order experience in Rio, is tempting other states

    The extraordinary move came after Rio’s governor asked for federal help following an exceptionally violent carnival season.

    Brazilian leaders said on Monday that the use of the military to combat rising violence in Rio de Janeiro could serve as a model for other violent areas of Brazil. The armed forces officially took over Rio’s police on Friday under a decree signed by president Michel Temer. The measure still requires congressional approval, and the lower house was to debate it late Monday.

  • Tuesday, February 20th 2018 - 09:43 UTC

    Brazilian government admits crucial pensions' reform will be hard to pass Congress

    Senate chief Eunicio Oliveira said the federal military intervention in Rio blocks any measure requiring a constitutional amendment, including pensions' reform.

    Brazil’s political affairs minister Carlos Marun said on Monday that passage of a bill to overhaul the country’s costly social security system has effectively ground to a halt in Congress and would become a campaign issue in this year’s election.

  • Monday, February 19th 2018 - 09:29 UTC

    Yellow fever in Brazil: extended vaccine fractionation because of lack of supplies

    Preliminary data from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo shows that 3.95 million people were vaccinated, 3.6 million with fractional doses and 356,800 with standard doses.

    The Brazilian Ministry of Health has reported that from July 1, 2017 to February 15 of this year, 409 cases of yellow fever were confirmed in the country, 183 in São Paulo, 157 in Minas Gerais, 68 in Rio de Janeiro and 1 in the Federal District. There were also 118 deaths throughout the country, 44 in Minas Gerais, 46 in São Paulo, 27 in Rio de Janeiro and one death in the Federal District.

  • Monday, February 19th 2018 - 09:25 UTC

    Temer announces the creation of a public security ministry

    “From next week or the next, I want to create a ministry of public security to co-ordinate all efforts,” said Temer after leaving a meeting in Rio

    Brazilian President Michel Temer has announced the creation of a public security ministry after giving the military full control over security in crime-plagued Rio de Janeiro. Temer came to the city to meet Governor Luiz Fernando Pezao, several ministers and General Walter Souza Braga Netto, who will lead the operation and who was in charge of coordinating security when the city hosted the 2016 Olympic Games.

  • Saturday, February 17th 2018 - 09:42 UTC

    Temer has Rio do Janeiro under full military control to combat gang violence

    The army will now have primacy over the state police, a situation unheard of since the country's return to democracy in 1985 after two decades of military rule.

    Brazil's President Michel Temer on Friday handed the military full control of security in Rio de Janeiro in an increasingly desperate fight to tame runaway gang violence. Army patrols are already used in Rio's gang-ruled favelas, but a decree signed by Temer will now give the military full control of security operations in Rio state, which the president said had virtually been seized by organized crime gangs.

  • Saturday, February 17th 2018 - 02:06 UTC

    Falklands' second weekly commercial air link talks take off, and should crystallize by next October

    MLA Dr Barry Elsby said it was a very positive step forward for the Falklands, since “the additional flight will help us to improve our links with the world at large”

    The United Kingdom and Argentina, following on the September 2016 joint communiqué to establish additional air links with the Falkland Islands, jointly announced on Friday that third country airlines interested in such operations will be contacted. It is expected that by the end of February the commercial process will be initiated, led by the Falkland Islands, and sometime next October the new weekly air link, with a monthly call in Argentina, will become operational.

  • Wednesday, February 14th 2018 - 09:54 UTC

    Temer said that Brazil will continue to receive Venezuelan refugees

    Temer promised financial assistance for Roraima and to organize the flow of Venezuelans, including transporting some of the refugees to other states.

    Brazil will not block Venezuelans from entering the country through the border in the northern state of Roraima, but has launched a task force to organize the flow and provide resources for cities and states dealing with the refugees.