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Residents of Lídice grow fruits and vegetables

Production is sold at low cost in areas of La Pastora

A communal planting project in Caracas seeks to make productive spaces a solution for families and popular neighborhoods. After five years they have managed to plant several strategic items such as paprika, corn, beans, cambur and cassava.

Half of the production is sold at low costs in the community and the other half goes to the producers. This initiative aims to become a benefit for the families of Altos de Lídice, whose goal is to serve 2.230 nuclei.

Jean Carlos Hernández, who is a spokesperson for the project, explains that they began by complying with the call of Commander Hugo Chávez when he spoke about agro-urban planting.

Today it is a community-producer agreement that has the support of national government entities and international groups, but still has goals to meet to consolidate itself as the agroecological and sustainable alternative.

Institutions such as the National Popular Power Fund Service and the Ciara Foundation of the ministries for Communes and Social Movements and Urban Agriculture, respectively, are the links that the community organization has to harvest these foods.

In addition, this neighborhood project has an international aspect, and is supported by the Landless Movement of Brazil. The spokesman assured that through this group and Venezuelan public institutions they have obtained tools such as irrigation hoses and seeds as donations.

In times of abundant rain they have been able to harvest enough corn. Another of their achievements is the cooperation they maintain with two schools located in the sector.

The commune provides these schools with seeds so that they can sow their own dressings on organoponic tables and the items are used for school food.

Other goals they have achieved is bartering with other communes and producing eggplant, sweet potatoes, bananas, auyama, coffee, chili and ocumo so as not to continue consuming vegetables with chemicals.

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