BRAZIL - The Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Supply Katia Abreu has praised the strong performance of agriculture in Brazil.
The sector increased by 0.4 per cent over the previous year, according to data released by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).
"In 2014, we witnessed one of the worst droughts in history. Still, agriculture increased," Ms Abreu said.
"For 2015, we expect an even greater advance. We are optimistic about Brazilian agriculture, which continues to fulfil its path of sustainable growth and answering up to what the economy needs."
The country's GDP increased by 0.1 per cent in 2014, driven mainly by agriculture and services.
According to the IBGE, the positive variation of agriculture resulted from increased production of important crops, such as soybeans (5.8 per cent) and cassava (8.8 per cent).
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