Fruits and veggies account for 28% of monthly food expenses
Venezuelan households spent an average of USD 47.25 in tubers such as potatoes, arracacha, and yam in April 2012
Agricultural products represent most of Venezuelans food expenditures.
In April, fruits and vegetables represented 27.8% of Venezuelans food expenses. According to the National Institute of Statistics (INE), the total cost of the regulatory food basket was VEB 1,781.18 (USD 414.23, at the official exchange rate of VEB 4.30 per US dollar) and households spent USD 115.16 to purchase 14 different products of this food group.
This situation has occurred throughout the year, as Venezuelans eat more agricultural products than beef, fish and dairy products.
Tubers also represent an important share of the household budget. Venezuelans spent USD 47.25 in April in the purchase of tubers and roots such as malanga root, potatoes, arracacha and cassava.
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