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There are numerous sugar mills (584,000 tons in 1987). 7 million tons, respectively, in 1986) industry, developed to utilize local ore resources, is situated in the lower Orinoco valley in the vicinity of the iron mines. There are several car assembly plants ( 116,000 cars in 1985). Local ore is used to produce aluminum (400,000 tons in 1986). Other products include paper, rubber, and plastic products, leather goods, and glass and ceramic products. 000 Fove Bolivares. 1879 (depocts Bolivar) PETROLEUM PRODUCTION TRADE BALANCE.
36 Farther north, the highlands are lower and more broken, allowing for easier accessibility and transit. A northwestern extension of the main chain, known as the Segovia Highlands, consists mainly of deeply dissected low mountains and hills that cover most of the peninsula between Lake Maracaibo and the Caribbean Sea. This sparsely inhabited region suffers frequently from droughts. The approximately 300kilometer-long section, generally known as the Central Highlands, from the vicinity of Barquisimeto to Cape Codera, is in fact the central region of Venezuela.
The main crops grown in this zone are cocoa, sugarcane, cotton, t ropical frui t (pineapple, bananas), and oil palms. The next zone, the tierra temp/ada (temperate zone), grows mainl y coffee, the primary agricultural export of Colombia. Most subtropical fruit, vegetables, and field crops ( rice) are also grown in th is zone. This is followed by the tierra frfa (cool zone), which produces much of the local food supply-cereals, potatoes, fruit, and vegetables. Next is the tierra helada, or paramos, a treeless zone whose vegetation of shrubs and herbs gradually becomes more scant and fina lly disappears toward the upper limit.