Draft bill to open Brazilian land for cane
A Brazilian parliamentary commission has backed the opening of central Brazil savannah country, the Cerrado, to sugar cane planting. The Senate’s environment commission has approved draft legislation that would open “altered areas” in the Cerrado and parts of Amazon, under rules from the 2012 Forestry Code Act (FCA), official news agency Agencia Brasil reports. The bill goes to the lower house of Parliament for consideration. Rapporteur MP Acir Gurgacz stresses that planting would only be allowed in 20% of the FCA-authorised areas. He claims that some 64 million ha could be made available for sugar cane farming that is so far occupied by “low productivity” livestock.