Fernando Camino Peñalver: Castrated Agriculture

Fernando Camino Peñalver: Castrated Agriculture

Apr 15, 2018 1:45 pm Published in: Opinion

Fernando Camino @fernandocaminop Since its installation in power, the regime has been systematically destroying the productive capacity of the private sector, with even more cruelty in the circuits of food production. Unanimously, all the unions that truly represent the members of the agri-food circuits, have indicated that this year the production of food will be almost nil.
Fedeagro has made a warning to the population about the increase in scarcity and the high cost of food in our country. The warning is due to the fact that the primary sector this year will only be able to produce 25% of the demand for direct consumption food and raw materials for the agroindustry.
The 75% deficit in the supply of agricultural products and the lack of foreign currency to import, will unfortunately aggravate the humanitarian crisis that plagues our population. The demand for food with a restricted supply is one of the main causes of hyperinflation that we suffer. It is estimated that hyperinflation could reach levels higher than ten thousand percent this year, further increasing the suffering of our population.

In addition to the absence in our country of the rule of law that guarantees economic guarantees to produce, insecurity and the collapse of public services, the productive sector suffers from an efficient supply of essential inputs to produce. The regime monopolized the free supply and distribution of agrochemicals, fertilizers and seeds, to privilege a public company. Agropatria, despite having hundreds of millions of dollars in supplies expropriated from Agroisleña and from the injection of millions of dollars contributed by the government, is broken and unable to meet the demand for the products required to successfully develop the two cycles of sow this year. The Venezuelan Association of Seed Companies, a guild that brings together national and imported seed marketers, has indicated that the inventory of vegetable seeds is at three percent supply. Also producers of cereals, oilseeds, legumes and potato crops, have reported that the situation for them is as serious as that of the producers of vegetables. The farmers also complain about the lack of grass seeds, which is necessary to found and renovate paddocks. This serious situation of the farmers due to the lack of seeds is having a dramatic impact on the cost and scarcity of vegetables and potatoes, as well as on quality and phytosanitary conditions. The Encovi 2017 survey showed a significant decrease in the consumption of vegetables and the same trend in potato demand is currently evident.
In 1983, we attended in Colombia a technical conference on seed production in the countries of the Andean area. In this event, promoted by the Inter-American Institute of Tropical Agriculture, our country was recognized as the first place in the use of certified seeds. In the seventies we imported certified rice seed from Colombia, and a few years later we managed to improve this seed to convert it into an export input.
All the progress made in strengthening the technique of sowing with certified seeds and generating a technological capacity to produce and multiply hybrids and varieties in our country was destroyed by the regime until our agriculture became castrated agriculture.

The parliamentary fraction of the MUD presented a modern legal framework to replace the biased and archaic seed law of the regime. This seed bill was designed with advice from the best technicians in the field of seed production in our country and has been selected among the twenty projects to be considered in this period of sessions. With the modern seed law, with the application of public policies aimed at international opening and with the help of the best technicians, our country will once again become one of the countries in the world with the greatest advance in the use and production of seeds. . The change of this regime by a democratic government will make it possible that after eighteen years of delay, we enter through the big door into the twenty-first century. That’s why it’s worth this fight, that’s what we’re doing.

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