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Lake Maracaibo, Venezuelan government, Llanos, plantains, cassava

The Venezuelan government passed the Agrarian Reform Law in 1960, which is aimed at expanding and diversifying agricultural production. Agriculture, including forestry and fishing, employed 11 percent of the workforce; in 2000 it contributed 5 percent of the GDP. The principal crops include sugarcane (8.1 million metric tons in 2001); fruits such as bananas, plantains, and oranges (2.8 million); maize (1.2 million); rice (690,000); cassava (570,564); and coffee (69,000). Livestock raising is carried on chiefly on the Llanos and east of Lake Maracaibo. In 2001 the livestock population numbered 15.8 million head of cattle, 4.9 million hogs, 3.6 million goats, 0.8 million sheep, and 110 million poultry.



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Lake Maracaibo, Venezuelan government, Llanos, plantains, cassava, metric tons, hogs, bananas, goats, oranges, maize, GDP, sugarcane, workforce, rice, agricultural production, sheep, poultry, fruits, forestry, fishing, percent, coffee, Agriculture

 
 

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