September 1, 2003 (IPS): On Sunday, President
Hugo Chávez visited the farming town of Cubiro
in west-central Venezuela, where another 212,911 hectares
were distributed to 10,263 families, and 3.5 million dollars
in loans were made available to small farmers. In addition,
19 tractors were delivered to 62 agricultural cooperatives.
The Venezuelan government has distributed a total of
one million hectares to 41,000 families in seven months.
The five-year goal of the land reform program is to
settle 500,000 families on 10 million hectares. Venezuela
which suffers from one of the most off-balanced land
distrution in South America is trying to bring the ends
closer to the middle but not everyone is excited by
the progam, agribusiness and large landholders have
been more then vocal in their opposition. MORE>