Brazil Allocates $55.1 Billion for Agriculture Loans

The Brazilian government said 115.2 billion reais ($55.1 billion) will be allocated for agricultural loans during the 2012-2013 season, a 7.5 percent increase from current levels.

Of that amount, 86.9 billion reais will go toward costs and sale of the crops, according to an official document distributed in Brasilia today. The funds include government and private banking money.

The interest rate for agricultural credit will be 5.5 percent a year, compared to 6.75 percent last season, the government said.

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