Venezuela continues to have an economy on the verge of collapse and an uncontrolled crisis of basic services. This not only affects families, but Venezuelan producers are also highly affected at the time of harvesting their crops.
Coffee producers in the state of Merida are worried about the early arrival of the harvest. They consider that the shortage of gasoline, the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic situation in general, may seriously affect them this year.
The President of the Coffee Cluster, Carlos Belandria, explained that the poverty situation in the country affects them in several municipalities such as Antonio Pinto Salinas, Santa Cruz de Mora and Tovar. He also said that the harvest is about to start in June, and in the south of the state, in October.
Workers need to have clean water for constant hand washing, as well as conditions that allow them to stay in the collection centers to avoid possible contagion.
“The presence of the labor force has to be controlled,” Belandria said.
Currently, many producers have lost their crops because they have no way to transport them due to the shortage of gasoline. At the same time, there have been protests about the lack of food in the markets.
The regime’s control is maintaining the country’s widespread crisis. President (E) Juan Guaidó assures that the only way to survive this crisis is to implement a National Emergency Government in which no member of Nicolas Maduro’s regime participates.