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El Guapo Reservoir will be center of agro-ecological project

On Wednesday, speaking from the municipality of Páez in the state of Miranda, President Hugo Chávez announced a new agro-ecological project in that state.

“Here we are conceiving, we are planting, with the inauguration of this great system of El Guapo, an project that is agricultural, agro-ecological, [for the] production of food, [for the] processing of food, and [for] tourism, of which this reservoir will be the center,” the President expressed.

He made this statement as part of a ceremony to mark the reactivation of a reservoir that was significantly damaged in a 1999 natural disaster caused by heavy rainfall.

The President called upon the Bolivarian mayors of the Barlovento region to join the project, and designated the mayor of Páez as the coordinator.

“Today I want to commit everyone [to this project].  [Environment] Minister Yuvirí [Ortega], [Tourism] Minister Titina [Azuaja], [Agriculture] Minister Elías [Jaua], who is also from here, from Barlovento,” the President said.

He added that the Federal Republic of Brazil also offered its support through Ambassador Antonio José Ferreira Simoes, who was present at the event.

“Brazil also committed itself with its Ambassador; generous to the end, always, [Brazil] promised support from that great Brazilian state firm, Embrapa, that does agricultural development,” President Chávez noted.

“A new, socialist, comprehensive development project is born,” the President said in announcing the project.

Prensa Presidencial, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / February 12, 2009

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