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Bolsonaro says Brazil deforestation data to be 'compiled' for accuracy

FILE PHOTO: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a review and modernization ceremony of occupational health and safety work at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil July 30, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday said satellite data regarding deforestation of the Amazon rainforest collected by government space research agency INPE would be “compiled” to reach more exact numbers.

As preliminary data from INPE showed deforestation soaring in recent weeks, Bolsonaro has accused the agency of falsifying data and called for tighter control over the numbers.

Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu; Editing by Leslie Adler