Hugo Chavez tightens state control of food

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PostSat Mar 07, 2009 8:45 am » by Dirtyrabbit


Venezuela's Hugo Chavez tightens state control of food amid rocketing inflation and food shortages President Hugo Chavez is tightening state control over Venezuela's food supply, setting quotas for food staples which are to be sold at government-imposed prices.
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Hugo Chavez is seeking to ensure that his core support, the poor, can still fill their shopping baskets with food

Venezuela's public finances are unravelling, with oil prices at $40 a barrel, while the national budget is calculated at $60 a barrel. Inflation is running at over 30 per cent, yet with the new measures Mr Chavez is seeking to ensure that his core support, the poor, can still fill their shopping baskets with food.

"If any industry wants to ride roughshod over the consumers, with a view to getting better dividends, we are going to act," said Carlos Osorio, the national superintendent of silos and storage. "For the government, access to food is a matter of national security."

Production quotas and prices have now been set for cooking oil, white rice, sugar, coffee, flour, margarine, pasta, cheeses and tomato sauce.

White rice, the staple for many Venezuelans, can now only be sold at a price of 2.15 bolivares (.07p) per kilo. Private companies insist that production of that kilo costs 4.41 bolivares (.14p) and that government regulations are impossible to fulfil and companies will quickly go broke. Companies that are dedicated to rice production must ensure that 80 per cent of their efforts are dedicated to white rice. The new regulations set production percentages, as companies were rebranding their products to avoid the government controls, like flavouring the rice, as the price restrictions apply only to white rice.

"Forcing companies to produce rice at a loss will not resolve the situation, simply make it worse," said Luis Carmona of Polar, a rice company that has been singled out by the government for trying to sidestep restrictions.

Government price controls on basic goods have been in place, in various forms, since 2003. But the restrictions have forced Venezuela to become increasingly reliant on imports of these products as local farmers will not supply the selected food staples at government prices.

Mr Chavez last month won a referendum allowing him to stand indefinitely for re-election. With that now achieved the Venezuelan leader, who has vowed to turn his South American nation into a model Socialist state, is now taking some unpopular decisions needed to stabilise his floundering economy.

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PostSat Mar 07, 2009 10:19 am » by Clawspiracy


Is it me, or are things unraveling faster and faster?
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PostSat Mar 07, 2009 11:37 am » by Crunchy


dont forget the US and the rest of the first world want to get rid of chavez
so any stories about him in the western media is almost always negative

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PostSat Mar 07, 2009 11:57 am » by Nightowl


Yeah it's always bad news with this guy. Food seems to be a growing concern in a lot of places. Check out this story here in OZ, you might find it interesting.
www.news.com.au/dailytelegragh/story/0, ... 10,00.html :hell: :hell: :hell: :bang;

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PostSat Mar 07, 2009 2:16 pm » by Seemorebetter


Ever wonder :| ?
Who or what determines the price of oil ?

Who or what determines who rules in a nation?

Do you really Ever Just :think: wonder :| ?

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PostThu Mar 19, 2009 12:20 pm » by Clawspiracy


"For the government, access to food is a matter of national security."

It just seems that he's trying to prepare his people for the rough time ahead. It may seem wrong, but in our country the money is going to the bankers, and when the food runs out here, the bankers will be gone with it. So who is to say he is wrong????
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PostThu Mar 19, 2009 1:11 pm » by Inhdi


crunchy wrote:dont forget the US and the rest of the first world want to get rid of chavez
so any stories about him in the western media is almost always negative


Right on the money! Did you know that Venezuela sells oil to other latin american (read: developing countries) at a fraction of the world market prices? Nope, i'm sure not very many people knew that, look at this:
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1157172,00.html And that was in 2006!

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PostThu Mar 19, 2009 4:45 pm » by Ogmios


And can you remember when Chavez offered to sell cheap oil to the poor in America, which lead to a right-wing senator, I can't recall whom, calling for the CIA to go into Venezuela and assassinate him. Our governments in the West don't mind if we become as poor as the citizens of third-world countries. Why would they? It's all ok as long as state power is maintained.

So I say "Stand Tall Hugo!"
"God is a concept by which we measure our pain"
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PostThu Mar 19, 2009 4:50 pm » by Inhdi


ogmios wrote:And can you remember when Chavez offered to sell cheap oil to the poor in America, which lead to a right-wing senator, I can't recall whom, calling for the CIA to go into Venezuela and assassinate him. Our governments in the West don't mind if we become as poor as the citizens of third-world countries. Why would they? It's all ok as long as state power is maintained.

So I say "Stand Tall Hugo!"


:flop: Great to see people are able to see through the murk! :flop:



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