Nueva Bolivia.- The new national enterprise Lacteos Los Andes (Enlandes, a dairy) was purchased by Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA), and will soon become a socialist company and a nucleus for social work. Under such purview, the company will take care of the population’s needs jointly with municipal and regional governments, and its profits will benefit the communities.
Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, gave these statements during the transfer ceremony that took place in the Nueva Bolivia sector, in the Tulio Febres Cordero municipality, Merida state.
Other public figures attending the ceremony included the People’s Minister of Energy and Petroleum and president of PDVSA, Rafael Ramirez, the People’s Minister of Agriculture and Land, Elias Jaua, the Governor of Merida state, Florencio Porras, and the president of Enlandes, Mauricio Herrera. President Chavez took this opportunity to congratulate PDVSA’s senior executives for their work regarding the Full Food Sovereignty Policy currently implemented by the Bolivarian Government.
During the ceremony, President Chavez toured some areas of the facility, specifically the dairy products packing area and the juice loading and preparation area. He also talked to the workers and encouraged them to organize Workers’ Councils, and to work together with Community Councils to find solutions to the problems that affect this area. Moreover, President Chavez urged the communities present at the ceremony to create production units of traditional crops such as guava, mango, sour sop, passion fruit and tamarind to be processed in the plant.
President Chavez informed workers of the new socialist enterprise that they will enjoy benefits such as dining services at the work place and housing plans. With regard to the surrounding communities, President Chavez proposed a plan to build hospitals, improve thoroughfares and create a University Campus.
In this sense, President Chavez informed that 20% of the company’s net annual profits will be devoted to the development of Nueva Bolivia’s population and the surrounding areas.
The ceremony also included the display of some equipment necessary for dairy production that will be distributed throughout the country’s production units. In this regard, President Chavez indicated the country cannot continue to import this equipment, and gave instructions to Minister Rafael Ramirez and William Contreras, Minister of Basic and Light Industries, to have this equipment manufactured in Venezuela since most of it is made of plastics and raw materials from Venezuela’s Petrochemical industry.
Plan to Promote Cattle Raising
Elias Jaua, People’s Minister for Agriculture and Lands, gave a speech where he informed the goal is to produce 4 billion liters of milk every year, thereby surpassing current production estimated at 1.7 billion liters. This goal will be achieved by implementing the Plan to Promote Cattle Raising which includes the creation of the National Fund for Milk Production (FONAPROLE). This Fund will be managed by the People’s Ministry for Agriculture and Lands, and it already has a 300-million dollar budget resulting from the sale of old PDVSA’s oil facilities in the Bahamas.
This Plan also included the signing at the aforementioned ceremony of an Agreement for Cooperation and Technical Assistance to Support and Promote Dairy Production, and the approval of loans to agricultural and livestock producers with a 4% interest rate and two years of grace.
Minister Jaua emphasized that all efforts made by the National Government aim at continuing to encourage and assist producers, and at guaranteeing the nation’s Full Food Sovereignty.