On Friday, July 8th, CONADI (Chile’s Indigenous development corporation) delivered more than US$ 420,000 to Mapuche communities and families in the Araucanía Region for land development. The money will be used largely to improve agriculture on lands that were purchased by CONADI and given to Mapuche communities in recent years. The dispersion of money is part of President Piñera policy to never give land without also providing a means for it to be developed.
In total, more than 40 families and at least 8 Mapuche communities will benefit from the money, which is coming from CONADI’s land fund. Within the next few months a second influx of money will be made available, also equaling around US$ 420,000. Although the money will mostly be used for farming machinery, it may also be legally used to purchase tools, equipment and machinery related to agriculture, forestry and/or horticulture development, as well as to construct or maintain buildings related to economic development activities like tourism or craft-making.
The money was presented during a ceremony, which was attended by CONADI’s Deputy National Director, Patricio Sáenz. At the ceremony, Sáenz reiterated the reason for providing this money: “As a government, we are committed to never providing land without providing for its development, and this year we spent over 400 million dollars for individuals and communities who received their lands in 2010 and 2011.”