Thousands of peasant workers took to the streets of Caracas last Thursday to hand over a list of programmatic suggestions to the government and to show their support for current Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
The President of Venezuela’s National Land Institute (INTI), Luis Motta Dominguez, affirmed that more than 224,000 families have benefited from redistributed farmlands made available through the Chavez administration’s agrarian reform program.
Ensuring access to affordable meals with good nutritional value, the Venezuelan government opened its 39th affordable restaurant nationally last Monday in the neighborhood of San Jose in the capital city of Caracas.
Venezuelan peasant organisations and their allies marched in the capital this Tuesday demanding justice for murdered peasant activists and the reform of an article within the penal code which they say “criminalises the popular struggle” for land.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Thursday used his standing legislative authority to enact three new laws designed, he said, “to dignify” the living conditions of Venezuela’s urban residents. Each law sets out to address the issues relating to forced evictions, ‘residential workers’ (concierges), and the management of urban property rights.
Earlier this week, an affiliation of rural social movements took to the streets of La Pedrera, Barinas state, to protest the kidnapping, torture and murder of two peasant political activists last week.
In the next few days the Venezuelan government will begin a process of recovering 300,000 hectares of land that were in the hands of an English company, Chavez announced last week during an interview while he was in Uruguay. In the interview Chavez did not specify the name of the English company.
Strengthening the nation’s agricultural production and improving working conditions for small farmers in the country was the main focus of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s weekly television program, Alo Presidente, on March 13th.
On Thursday, the Venezuelan government officially classified a range of vegetables, meats and milk products as “goods of essential necessity” or “goods of mass consumption,” exonerating them from import tariffs.
High-level members of the Venezuelan Executive Cabinet involved in the advancement of domestic industry, agriculture and tourism presented their annual reports to the nation’s congress and the Venezuelan people last Tuesday, spelling out the gains that the government has made in the productive sectors in 2010.
A new program directed at developing national agricultural production has successfully registered over 150,000 farmers interested in participating. The program combines both private and public funding to support domestic farming and distribution of food products.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez this week used his legislative authority to establish the ‘Law of Attention for the Agricultural Sector’ and to create a brand new social mission: Misión Agro-Venezuela.
The Venezuelan police have apprehended nine people in connection with the torching of a government ofﬁce in the western state of Zulia earlier this month and have issued arrest warrants for four others believed to be behind the criminal act that left in ashes the regional headquarters of the National Land Institute (INTI).