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The Safers, picky and dreaded lookouts of farmland


INVESTIGATION - These institutions, responsible for ensuring that farms do not go under foreign flags, had no say when sales were limited to exchanges of shares. A bill discussed in May is expected to close this loophole.

The grabbing of farmland by a foreign power is the fear of any government.

The control of its food sovereignty is at stake.

The most emblematic example took place a few years ago in Berry.

A Chinese billionaire, Hu Keqin, at the head of a vast conglomerate, the Reward group, had succeeded in securing nearly 3,000 arable hectares without the French government, via its agricultural land regulation instrument, the Société d ' land development and rural establishment (Safer), can not say anything

(our editions of October 13, 2016)


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Well advised, the Chinese investor had bought the fields and buildings at a high price from Berry farmers, via agricultural companies that he had asked them to create for the occasion.

The reason?

Avoid going under the caudine forks of the Safer.

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