Brazil Congress committee OKs commercial farming on indigenous reserves

by Reuters
Tuesday, 27 August 2019 22:05 GMT

An indigenous man takes part in a march to demand respect for their rights and protest against Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro and the policies of the federal government against indigenous people, in Brasilia, Brazil August 13, 2019. REUTERS/Andre Coelho

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Commercial agriculture on indigenous reserves is currently prohibited

BRASILIA, Aug 27 (Reuters) - A Brazilian congressional committee on Tuesday approved a proposed constitutional amendment to allow commercial agriculture on indigenous reserves, a practice that is currently prohibited.

Following approval by Brazil's Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee, the proposal will now pass to a specially formed committee for consideration. After passing through committee votes, a constitutional amendment must ultimately be approved by supermajorities in both houses of Congress.

(Reporting by Maria Carolina Marcello; Writing by Jake Spring; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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