The purpose of this proclamation, in unison with organized civil society, production unions, professional associations and political organizations, is to alert democratic countries to the serious humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.
The Venezuelan State is under the constitutional obligation to promote sustainable agriculture as a basis for rural development, but for the regime of the usurper Nicolás Maduro, the human right to food is dead letter.
This was denounced from Mérida by Alexis Paparoni, deputy member of the Delegate Commission of the National Assembly and coordinator of the National Agrifood Front this Saturday, January 23rd, a date that he considered propitious to raise again in all States of the country the voice of Venezuelan producers oppressed by the current government, to commemorate 63 years of the fall of Marcos Pérez Jiménez’s dictatorship.
This proclamation that producers in all the states and municipalities of the country raise simultaneously today, at 9:30 in the morning, has the purpose of rejecting the conditions in which the agro-productive sector is submerged, since “for no one is a secret that the the Venezuelan countryside is suffering the worst crisis known in the history of our country, as a result of the terrible management of the agri-food sector policy carried out by the revolutionary regime,” said Paparoni.
Domestic agricultural production must be developed and promoted to consolidate food security, as established by the national constitution, since food production is essential for the economic and social development of the nation. However, in Venezuela the reality is different and the crisis that is being experienced in the food production sector – Paparoni said – is caused by an incoherent, inconsistent, retrograde sectorial policy totally contrary to national interests.
The deputy recalled that the regime, since 1999, has been creating laws and decrees that turned this constitutional mandate into a dead letter and began to enact measures contrary to economic freedom and respect for (private) property.
The coordinator of the National Agrifood Front, Alexis Paparoni, explained that it was from 2008 on when the production of almost all agricultural items began to decline and in 2013 the production went into a dive, being the main causes of this decline the shortage of supplies, machinery, spare parts and their high cost in foreign currency, the difficulties in obtaining fuel and the almost non-existent electricity service. All this coupled with personal insecurity in the field, cattle rustling, robberies, invasions and looting of production units, as well as the illegal collection of commissions on the harvest that are arbitrarily imposed on producers.
“These factors end up forming a picture of legal and personal insecurity, which borders on criminal activity, which has nothing to do with international sanctions,” said Alexis Paparoni, who lashed out at the regime that claims that the destruction of the food-producing sector is It is due to the limited sanctions imposed by countries concerned about rescuing the freedom of Venezuela.
For Paparoni, the entire crisis in the country’s agro-productive sector is the result of a macroeconomic policy that has been lethal for the nation’s social and economic development, which has generated high costs of goods and services that hit the pockets of More than 90% of the population increasingly impoverished by the decline in family purchasing power and which does not allow 80% of it not even to stock up on the food necessary to meet the minimum requirements of their nutritional needs.
For this reason, and to conclude, he said that Venezuelan producers make a call to political organizations that fight for a better Venezuela, organized civil society and unions so that together they alert the world about the existing humanitarian crisis and urge the countries that have offered their support to enforce the international treaties signed to defend freedom and to restore democracy.