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city, eastern Minas Gerais estado (state), Brazil. It lies on the left bank of the Doce River. The city was made the seat of a municipality in 1937. It is an agricultural trade centre dealing in beans, rice, sugarcane, coffee, and livestock. Sawmills and food-processing plants are in the city, and mica and beryl are mined in the area. Governador Valadares is one of the most famous gem-trading centres in Brazil. Gem minerals include amethyst, chrysoberyl, brazilianite, topaz, and quartz. The city is on the Belo Horizonte-Vitoria railway and on the Rio de Janeiro-Salvador highway. It can also be reached by air. Pop. (2005 est.) 246,000.