Industry commodity stocks average 1.5 days amid restrictions
The Venezuelan Chamber of Food Processing Industries (Cavidea) says the Superintendence of Silos, Warehouse and Agricultural Storage is in charge of food distribution
The Venezuelan Chamber of Food Processing Industries (Cavidea) dismissed accusations of hoarding and speculation voiced by Government officials, who have blamed the sector's enterprises for shortage in staples.
Cavidea's CEO Pablo Baraybar said that plants resumed operations this week and they are working at their full capacity. He added that operations have also restarted for food distribution and 82% of the available transport is already operating. "Commodities are now available in stores."
Baraybar explained that failures in the supply of products early this year have been the same over the last five years. Stocks have run low because distributors would rather avoid charges of hoarding.
As a result, restrictions in food warehouses restrain enterprises from meeting the demand or dealing with low distribution, particularly in holidays.
Cavidea will propose the Executive Office softening restrictions in the stock of products so that industries and stores can maintain stocks for at least 4-5 days.
Furthermore, Cavidea remarked that food supply depends on the Government. The Superintendence of Silos, Warehouse and Agricultural Storage (SADA) is the Government's institution that decides where products are to be distributed. In fact, the priority is to supply the Metropolitan Area of Caracas.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
"Cocoa is to Venezuelans what wine is to the French," says Alejandro Prosperi, head of the Venezuelan Chamber of Cocoa, using this simile to express the paramount importance or the cocoa industry for the country. Often times heralded as "the best cocoa in the world," a passion for quality dating back to the sixteenth century has made Venezuelan cocoa growers to enjoy high prestige at international level and their product to be among the most sought-after in the world.