Last Tuesday (22) the Chamber of Deputies submitted a bill proposing to exclude Mato Grosso from the Legal Amazon on the grounds that it is necessary to expand the agricultural borders in the state to meet the growth in demand. and internationally for food. The author of the draft is Deputy Juarez Costa (MDB/MT).
In the text of the draft, numbered 337/2022, Costa argues that maintaining the Legal Reserve at 80%, as defined by the current law (FZ 12651/2012), is detrimental to rural producers.
“Brazil as a whole has a legal reserve deficit of just over 11 million hectares, 21.7% in Mato Grosso. The economic cost of restoring legal reserves or compensating for this huge area would be very high and unjustified for one of the country’s most important agricultural regions. Removing the state from the Legitimate Amazon would reduce this requirement to a minimum of 20%, saving Mato Grosso producers from the expense required to maintain up to 80% of the land without agricultural use,” the excerpt from the project rationale says.
Costa also claims that his proposed change would increase national production, thus avoiding deforestation and opening up less productive areas.
The proposal is awaiting submission from the President of the Chamber of Deputies.