The deputy to the National Assembly (NA) for the state of Merida, Alexis Paparoni, alerted the national and international community that the new system of restrictions and new gasoline prices implemented by the regime will affect the agro-food sector by further increasing the cost of food and preventing its transport and distribution to consumption centers.
“Taking into consideration the distance producers have to travel to their production units, to transport workers and to carry supplies, the quota of 120 liters per month is insufficient. It takes 50 and 40 dollars to fill a light truck or a van with fuel, which multiplied by the number of work vehicles in the production units yields a considerable figure, which will have to be charged to the cost of food production,” he said.
The Chairman of the Sub-Commission on Agro-Food Development stressed that neither the supply conditions nor the price of diesel has been clearly established for the agro-food sector. “This is extremely serious, since this fuel is essential for the activity of agro-food production. Land preparation, weed control, phytosanitary control, irrigation, harvesting, pasture maintenance and power generation depend on the supply of diesel,” he added.
In this sense, he rejected, in the name of all Venezuelan producers, the regime’s attempt to give access to gasoline with a preferential price to those who register with the “Plataforma Patria”, “forcing the agro-food production sector to form part of a discriminatory apartheid, which is nothing more than a registry associated with the PSUV and which has been used as a mechanism of social and political control, aimed at trafficking the hunger of our country’s most vulnerable population,” he said.
The congressman explained that the destruction of the national oil sector by the regime has cost Venezuelans an increase in gasoline estimated at fifty billion percent (50,000,000,000).
“This increase has nothing to do with the current minimum wage which is approximately $4.66 per month, even with the application of the subsidy, it takes more than 50 percent of the minimum monthly wage to buy 50 liters of gasoline. If we compare the percentage relation of the monthly minimum wage with the cost of 50 liters of gasoline in Hong Kong, which has the most expensive gasoline in the world and with Uruguay the most expensive in South America, the relation would be 15.11% and 19.76% of the minimum monthly income, respectively”, he detailed.
He also warned that this new system of gasoline sold at subsidized prices with quota and gasoline at international prices, is an energy version of the Cadivi exchange system, which he described as an “Energy Cadivi” that his judgment will generate more black market sales and higher profits for those who have a monopoly on gasoline.
“The consequence of this will be an incentive for the corrupt to activate their mafias, appropriate the cheap gasoline and then resell it more expensively on the domestic market or continue to smuggle it out,” he said, while saying that there will be gas stations with regulated prices without fuel, while the dollarized ones will be the gas stations with fuel.
Finally, the parliamentarian said that this measure will only bring more hunger and poverty to the people. “As pointed out by our legitimate President Juan Guaidó, it is not the ‘deli/boutique’ economy that is the solution to solve this serious problem, it is the production of our oil industry, the recovery of our oil industry starts with the National Emergency Government”, he ended.