This Act provides for monitoring and control of the alienation of agricultural lands and nature areas for purposes of a balanced market development and to ensure the priority right of acquisition of agricultural lands and nature areas by the Office for the Administration of Agricultural Land. Agricultural land includes land used for silviculture. The Act defines rules relative to transactions affecting agricultural land and nature areas. A contract concerning the transfer of land requires approval of the Land Chamber.
Implemented by: Decree designating circumstances in which the Office for the Administration of Agricultural Land may allocate agricultural land in leasehold. (2010-07-23)
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The Dutch United Provinces declared their independence from Spain in 1579; during the 17th century, they became a leading seafaring and commercial power, with settlements and colonies around the world. After a 20-year French occupation, a Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815. In 1830, Belgium seceded and formed a separate kingdom. The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I, but suffered German invasion and occupation in World War II. A modern, industrialized nation, the Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products.