CARACAS, Monday January 10, 2005 | Update
President Hugo Chávez Sunday praised governor Yánez Rangel on his move to intervene estates such as British-owned El Charcote cattle ranch (Photo: Enio Perdomo)
Land interventions in Cojedes State will continue next Wednesday. In this way, the decree issued by Cojedes Governor Johnny Yánez Rangel with regard to 16 estates will be enforced. Following the effective intervention of El Charcote farm last Saturday, regional authorities plan to seize several properties of the Boulton family in Cojedes, such as Gavinero, Yaguara, San José and La Flecha.
Rafael Alemán, the Cojedes State Secretary-General, said under this schedule of interventions, Paraima and Piñero -both properties of the Branger family- will be intervened next January 13th and 14th, respectively.
Particularly concerning El Charcote, Alemán stated that the work of the ad-hoc technical commission would start on Monday.
Under the decree of intervention issued by Governor Yánez Rangel, the commission will have up to 90 days to complete its work.
The members of the taskforce should review the productivity in the plot of land, the deeds submitted by Agroflora -the company that manages the estate- and the status of the occupiers of some hectares.
The ad-hoc technical commission will be working for a total term of six months.
During his intervention in President Hugo Chávez' weekly radio and TV program "Hello, President!", Governor Yánez Rangel said that they intend to check land ownership and review the boundaries to regulate any abnormality. According to him, all of this would be made under the legal framework, because the idea is to recover land productivity.
Yánez Rangel said that the works of the ad-hoc technical commission would not curb operations in the estates.
Translated by Conchita Delgado
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