[Venezuelanalysis.com's Chris Carlson reports on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's recent inauguration of several new "socialist production centers" around the country, as part of a policy to promote a new socialist production model for the country.]
Venezuela’s Chavez Inaugurates New “Socialist Production Centers”
By Chris Carlson - Venezuelanalysis.com
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Mérida, July 31, 2007 (venezuelanalysis.com)— As part of a policy to promote a new socialist production model for the country, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has inaugurated several new "socialist production centers” around the country in the last few days. Last Thursday and Friday the president traveled around the country to inaugurate companies to increase agricultural production as well as the production of housing. On Sunday, the construction of a cotton-processing plant was inaugurated.
"This is the agrarian revolution, agrarian socialism that has begun now," said Chavez during the inauguration of the Antonio Nicolás Briceño Socialist Production Center in the state of Trujillo. "We are building it, but for this there will have to be patience and more patience, work and more work to have a socialist homeland," he said.
This "socialist center," located in the Andes Mountains of Trujillo, is part of a joint project between Venezuela and Argentina with the purpose of activating the agricultural production in the country. According to government websites, the objective is to promote "citizen participation in the regional and national agricultural production plans with the intention of guaranteeing a permanent and growing supply of meat and dairy products, as well as their derivatives, under a socialist production model."
The Venezuelan government invested 12 billion bolivars (US$ 5.6 million) in the project, which includes the purchase of almost 500 Argentinean dairy cows to increase milk production. The center also will be used to increase the production of semen and embryos in order to increase national beef production.
This center, like another similar center opened in the state of Barinas, consists of almost 750 hectares of land equipped with an irrigation system, a Barrio Adentro health clinic, educational facilities and space for the construction of animal corrals to house horses, goats, pigs, sheep, and cattle. These centers will be used to plan and develop agricultural projects, to offer technical assistance to farmers, carry out studies and research, and develop programs for the production of genetic material to strengthen national supply.
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