Venezuela's domestic food production down 1% in the third quarter
Central bank's chair: sustainable growth depends on higher production
From July-September 2012, food, beverages, and tobacco manufacturing dropped 1% with respect to the figures recorded in the third quarter in 2011, the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) informed.
Although the figures show a deceleration in the contraction of food, beverages, and tobacco production in the country, it is also true that the activity has slowed down over the last six months.
In the first quarter, the production of food, beverages, and tobacco plummeted 6.9%, with a 9.4% decline in the second quarter.
BCV's chair Nelson Merentes stressed that unlike meat and other products, which are showing growth, production of wheat by-products is facing some difficulties.
"There are some difficulties... In general terms, manufacturing is doing better; sectors and subsectors are being analyzed to overcome such difficulties. Anyway, sustainable growth depends on higher production," Merentes remarked.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.