Land Invasion: Growing Problem in the Region

To the denouncements made in recent months by businessmen from Guatemala and Nicaragua, is added that of a Honduran union, which denounces the invasion of 3,400 manzanas of productive land.

Friday, November 29, 2019

In September 2019, the Chamber of Agriculture denounced that because the area of usurped land in Guatemala has grown from 10,000 hectares to 164,000 hectares since the 1990s, losses in agricultural production caused by this phenomenon reached nearly $650 million last year.

Nicaragua is another country in the region that has reported invasion of productive lands, a situation that has intensified since the beginning of the political and social crisis. In November the businessmen claimed that since June last year, 28 properties in different areas of the country are still taken by groups of people related to the Ortega regime.

Honduras has not escaped this problem, as the Chamber of Commerce and Industries of the South (CCIS) issued a document denouncing the invasion of 3,400 manzanas of land.

From the CCIS statement dated November 28, 2019:

1. That as a trade union organization bringing together the private business sector of Choluteca, we have the firm purpose of defending the principles of free enterprise, the rule of law, the promotion of job creation and contributing to social peace.
2. That the conflict that is being generated by the invasion of 3,400 manzanas of land by private persons, lands in current production and that are private property of companies affiliated to this Chamber and dedicated to the industry of melon, cattle and sugar; is having as consequences at this moment the loss of employment, the decrease in the production and the uncertainty in the investment.
3. That by means of this statement we demand a timely and swift intervention by the Government of the Republic of Honduras so that through its judicial operators it can ensure the effective protection of the right to private property and thereby guarantee the legal security of the social enterprises of this House affected in this conflict and therefore its workers.

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In Nicaragua, businessmen claim that since June last year, 28 properties in different parts of the country are still taken by groups of people related to the Ortega regime.

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Because the area of stolen land in Guatemala has grown from about 10,000 hectares in the 1990s to 164,000 in 2018, losses in agricultural production caused by this phenomenon reached nearly $650 million last year.

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The twenty-five productive properties that have been invaded since the crisis began in Nicaragua together make up more than 28 million square meters of land, of which 43% correspond to areas used for agricultural crops and another 44% to livestock production.

According to data from the Union of Agricultural Producers of Nicaragua (Upanic), 33% of the affected properties have an area greater than 100 manzanas, 23% are land measuring between 50 to 99 manzanas and 46% have an area of less than 50 manzanas. 

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The union of agricultural producers reports that at least ten private farms in Rivas, Matagalpa, Chinandega and Managua have been taken over by criminals.

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