Venezuela Seizes 47 Ranches

Posted on December 18, 2010 • Filed under: Agriculture, Politics, Venezuela

Venezuelan officials and troops began seizing 47 private ranches on Friday as President Hugo Chavez pushes ahead with a socialist-oriented effort to take over big swaths of agricultural land.

Agriculture Ministry officials began taking control of the land accompanied by soldiers and pro-government farmers. Together the ranches in western Venezuela cover more than 93 square miles (240 square kilometers) — about the size of the city of Seattle, Washington. Read Article

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