In the mood and in a festive mood, 32 parliamentarians from the Agricultural Parliamentary Front (FPA) met with President Jair Bolsonaro (non-partisan) this Wednesday morning (06) to thank the villagers for their services and to talk about the achievements – in addition to the current environmental legislation they intend to approve in the National Congress to “unblock” the agricultural sector.
“Agriculture is doing very well, and thanks in large part to who you appointed as minister of agriculture,” said Bolsonaro, who made it clear after the 2018 elections that the villagers would rule.
During the meeting, FPA President MP Sergio Souza (MDB-PR) spoke about the sector’s priorities, which are still being processed in Congress. “We have a bill that deals with pesticides and regularization of land ownership. They are watersheds for the development of the country, and they need to be voted on. They will be responsible for making sure there is more food on the plate and for justice for the landowners,” he said.
Two proposals are being processed in the Senate, one of which has already been approved by the House, that would make land regulation rules more flexible, making it easier to regulate the property of those who have encroached on public lands. Experts believe that changes in legislation will stimulate land grabs, as today’s occupiers will expect (almost certainly) regularization tomorrow.
A project that changes the general law on pesticides, dubbed PL do Veneno by environmentalists and that aims to facilitate the commercialization, use, storage and transport of pesticides in the country, was approved by a special commission in 2018 and has remained there. In the latest version of the bill, the then rapporteur, Deputy Louis Nishimori (PR-PR), defended in his report that pesticides should be issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, even if regulators such as Ibama and the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa)) did not complete their analyses. Since the current government has moved (and greatly) the queue for approval of pesticides, Congress has not failed to change the legislation, but they want to ensure that this policy continues if the current government is not re-elected.
The indigenous land demarcation agenda, which is now the responsibility of the executive branch, has also been the subject of advocacy, always speaking on behalf of the indigenous communities, although none of them were present at the table. The FPA openly defends the time frame thesis, according to which only indigenous peoples who were in the territory on October 5, 1988, the date of the promulgation of the Constitution, are entitled to land delimitation.
“We have full respect for the indigenous population, and that is why it is even more necessary for us to approve issues related to the delimitation of land. This should ensure legal security and a more dignified life for all of them,” said MP Pedro Lupion (DEM-PR).
In late August, more than 6,000 indigenous people from over 170 ethnic groups camped in Brasilia to watch the start of the trial, which was interrupted on 15 September after Minister Alexandre de Moraes asked to watch.