Brazil’s president bans burning of straw for two months in the Amazon jungle

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday issued a decree banning the burning of hay for 60 days in the Amazon jungle.

According to the network “BBC” British, the decree provides for the prevention of burning hay in the areas of the Amazon forest, with the exception of some places identified by officials.

The Brazilian judiciary is investigating allegations that unlawful hay burning caused fires in the Amazon jungle.

Brazil has seen a record number of massive fires this year, 74,155 fires, an increase of 84 percent over the same period last year, according to the National Institute of Space Research in the country.

A fire broke out in several Amazon states this month after press reports said farmers were encouraged to clear land for crops and livestock because the new government was keen to open the area to economic activity.

Since Bolsonaro took office on Jan. 1, the Environment Agency has issued fewer penalties for logging activities, while ministers have clearly affirmed their sympathy for loggers rather than indigenous groups living in the forest.


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