27.09.2013 - Brazil: Agriculture Vs industry: Leave well alone
The story of how Brazilís vast central and north-eastern crop belt was won starts in 1973, when Brazilís military regime decided to centralise agronomy research and set up the Brazilian agricultural research corporation, Embrapa. It sent 1,200 bright young scientists abroad to study. When they returned and were set to work, they achieved something of a miracle: they made the cerrado bloom. Until then, Brazilís savannah with its acid, nutrient-poor soil had been thought impossible to cultivate. It turned out that deep tilling, huge quantities of lime and fertiliser and fast-growing crops bred to suit the local conditions could coax a rich harvest from it...............................................Full Article: Source
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