CARACAS, Friday September 09, 2005 | Update
The National Lands Institute (Inti) and the National Guard
Friday took over La Marqueseña ranch in south-western
Barinas state, said Carlos Azpúrua, manager of the six
farming and cattle-raising firms operating in the estate.
Azpúrua ensured that the ranch is fully operational, as they produce milk and grow corn, among other crops.
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.