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CARACAS, Wednesday June 12, 2013 | Update
 
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Maduro estimates overconsumption at 30%

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations will award Venezuela for its advances in food

The Millennium Goal was accomplished beforehand(File photo)
EL UNIVERSAL
Wednesday June 12, 2013  11:24 AM
Amid severe shortage of basic commodities, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro will receive next Monday an award from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations for the progress made in Venezuela in food-related matters.

Said progress is hallmarked by three fundamental areas for people's development: more food availability or higher calories consumption, and reduced hunger and children's malnutrition, AVN cited.

Regarding shortage in the country, the Venezuelan Head of State attributed the issue to overconsumption.

"Consumption jumped 30% with respect to regular periods in previous months. Why? For two reasons: there is overconsumption due to people's purchasing power and the other (reason) is the (shortage) campaign." Maduro added that there was no economy in the world exempted from "the speculative attacks of commercial psychosis."
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