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12/1/05

First consignment of Iranian tractors delivered to Venezuelan farmers

Buenos Aires, Dec 1, IRNA-The first consignment of tractors called 'Ven-Iran' jointly produced in Venezuela were delivered to farmers in a ceremony attended by President Hugo Chavez in Bolivar on Thursday.

Iranian Ambassador to Caracas Ahmad Sobhani and several senior Venezuelan officials and MPs including ministers of agriculture, infrastructure, energy and mines and housing were present in the ceremony.

Some 400 tractors were delivered to farmers in the ceremony and President Chavez drove one of them for several minutes.

Several thousand people in the city of Bolivar took part in a parade when the president stood to review them along with 100 tractors decorated with national flags of Iran and Venezuela.

The ceremony was broadcast live on Venezuelan television showing people were happy with the success of Venezuela. The TV screened scenes of joy with some of them applauding.

President Chavez thanked Iranian people and government for cooperation with Venezuela and helping his nation manufacture tractors. He described it as a successful example for South-South cooperation.

The Venezuelan president hoped that Venezuela would export tractors to neighboring countries in Latin America in near future.

Former president Mohammad Khatami along with President Chavez laid the foundation stone of tractor manufacturing factory last March and the it produced 400 tractors in the past nine months.

Nominal capacity of the factory is 5,000 units a year.

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