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Amazon farmers adapt to life as conservationists

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By Joe Leahy in São Paulo Financial Times May 31, 2014
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With his caipira accent from Brazil’s interior, Wilson Wittman, a dairy farmer originally from Brazil’s south, may seem an unlikely saviour for the Amazon.

But the work at his property near the town of Alta Floresta, Mato Grosso state, is part of efforts to make farming in the Amazon more productive and thereby ease the pressure for further destruction of the world’s largest rainforest.

With advice from experts from the Life Centre Institute (ICV), a conservation organisation, Mr Wittman has increased the productivity of his herd of dairy cattle to up to 7,000 litres of milk per hectare per year, about seven times the state average.

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