Currently, more than 70% of payments would be irregular; procedure must be done by fishermen with regular status and also by those with suspended or canceled registration

WALLACE MARTINS/FUTURA PRESS/ESTADÃO CONTENTAccording to President Jair Bolsonaro, the program’s main problem would have been the political use of aid

In order to end fraud in the defense insurance, O federal government announced that it will review the benefit. Currently, more than 70% of payments would be irregular. According to the president Jair Bolsonaro, the big problem would have been the political use of aid. “It was around 300,000 in early 2000 and we now have well over 1 million fishermen. I also got to know, I don’t want to compromise either, of cities that have people who were receiving and, if it was taken to the sea, for example, I wouldn’t even know if the water was salty or not”, he said. The secretary of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Jorge Seif Júnior, explained that the problem has dragged on for decades in the country and the alternative would be social security fraud in our history. “We had the political-partisan use of this folder and then many people ended up adhering to defense insurance unduly. Today, we have more than 1.2 million fishermen, most of them, who cannot tell the difference between a shrimp and a whale. They never set foot in the water,” he said.

To change this scenario, the federal government launched a re-registration both for fishermen with regular status and for those with suspended or canceled registration. The procedure will be free and done over the internet. President Jair Bolsonaro stressed the importance of fighting fraud in the country. the minister of farming, Teresa Cristina, in turn, defended the need to invest in the sector that has everything to grow and generate income. “The fish industry represents a unique opportunity for sustainable growth in Brazil,” he said. Bolsonaro signed a decree this Tuesday, 29, which creates the Pesca Brasil network, with the re-creation of 10 permanent advisory and advisory committees to assist in the management of the Aquaculture and Fisheries secretariat.

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