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Guyana's Jungle Is Brazil's Agricultural Frontier

MIN READJan 24, 2018 | 09:00 GMT

Brazil's increased interaction with Guyana is closely tied to the growth in agricultural production in Roraima. The state's main areas of soybean and corn cultivation are located close to the Guyanese border.

Brazil's increased interaction with Guyana is closely tied to the growth in agricultural production in Roraima. The state's main areas of soybean and corn cultivation are located close to the Guyanese border.

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It's a long way from Roraima to pretty much anywhere in Brazil. The remote, sparsely populated state in Brazil's far north is thousands of kilometers from Brasilia and presents federal administrators with any number of logistical headaches. States like Roraima, however, have become the country's last agricultural frontier with millions of hectares of cheap land suitable for cultivation, while also boasting a treasure trove of untapped minerals. But with geographic isolation an inescapable fact, Brazil is turning its face to Guyana as it mulls ways of bringing the region's products to market – even if a northern route to the sea presents its own series of issues....

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