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New Zealand court blocks Chinese "Food Colony"
- New Zealand farms would export products only to China.
- Local farmers outraged.
A New Zealand court has blocked a move by the government to allow Chinese investors to buy farms in the country.
Justice Forest Miller of High Court in Wellington has asked the government to reconsider its decision saying it had overstated the benefits.
A local farming consortium had appealed against the sale and offered to buy the land themselves.
"We're very pleased with the decision from Justice Miller,'' said Alan McDonald a spokesperson for the consortium.
"Our view is that Shanghai Pengxin never brought any real economic benefits to New Zealand."
Since the sale involves more than 5 hectares of land and is valued at more than 100 million New Zealand Dollars ($84 million; £53 million), it had to approved by the Overseas Investment Office (OIO)..
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Serfdom - Arab nation sets up a "Food Colony" in the Philippines
- “It is totally revolting that our lands are being devoted for the food security needs of other nations."
- “The country’s so-called joint venture with Bahrain is bound to displace thousands of farmers."
- Did cash change hands to make the deal happen?
The militant peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) called on the House of Representatives’ committees on agrarian reform and agriculture to conduct a probe and shoot down a $300-million land lease deal the government entered into with Bahrain.
Recent reports said that “Bahrain’s Nadir and Ibrahim Sons of Hassan Group has signed a $50 million agriculture investment deal with AMA Group Holdings, Philippines.”
KMP secretary general Danilo Ramos said the deal is part of the total project worth $300 million which was launched two years ago which aims “to ensure Bahrain’s food security and promote the agribusiness sector.”
“It is totally revolting that our lands are being devoted for the food security needs of other nations while the Filipino farmers suffer increasing landlessness, hunger, and poverty,” says Ramos.
Ramos vented his ire on Dr. Amable R. Aguiluz V who serves as the Aquino government’s Special Envoy to the Gulf Cooperation Council, and whose family owns the AMA Group Holdings that established a joint venture called “RP Harvest” with Bahrain’s Hassan Group, to cultivate bananas, rice and other crops on a 10,000-hectare land in the province of Davao Del Norte in Mindanao.
“This so-called joint venture smacks of land-grabbing and conflict of interest on the part of President Aquino’s political lieutenant in the Gulf,” Ramos said.
“Ambassador Aguiluz, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Agrarian Reform have a lot of explaining to do on this massive sell-out of our lands. A no-holds-barred probe on Aguiluz is in order,” Ramos stressed.
“Obviously, this irresponsible and massive sell-out of our lands to foreigners is being done by the country’s political ambassadors with the blessings of the landlord President,” the peasant leader said.
Ramos warned that “the country’s so-called joint venture with Bahrain is bound to displace thousands of farmers in the Davao region.”
“The Aquino government’s sell-out of our lands will surely fuel agrarian unrest and face intense resistance from farmers in the Davao region,” the KMP leader warned.
The Road to Serfdom Series
The world is moving toward a modern form of Neo-Serfdom where everyone works for the all-powerful State or businesses controlled by the State. A world where individual property rights and economic freedom do not exist.
FREEDOM IS VANISHING: What happens when the major employers are owned by government backed investment groups, or your food comes from government owned farms, or your news is delivered by so-called "private" corporations but are in reality connected and interconnected to governments?
George Orwell had a name for it: Big Brother.
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