Venezuela’s scarcity of food, medicine, and hygiene products is increasingly alarming. In order to deal with this issue that results in violent riots in many cities, the government has established the “Great Mission of Sovereign Supply”, a program that grants the military generals and admirals the responsibility for promoting food production.
The head of this initiative, defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, has recently appointed military personnel to:
oversee the production, distribution, and commercialization of 18 categories of food and items considered basic staples for Venezuela’s economy.
This action has caused concern among citizens and many experts who do not believe that the military is up to solving the food crisis. They argue that military training does not include economy or food production.
Economist Francisco Faraco commented that:
“Padrino and [President Nicolas] Maduro don’t have a clue about what has to be done to solve the problems Venezuela is facing… This is not a military problem. I wonder if a general will order the corn to do push-ups and that will help. This is nonsense,”
According to Faraco, the scarcity is the product of Chavez’s excessive economic regulations and Maduro’s enforcement of those controls, and not, as the president claims, an “economic sabotage” by his opponents.
Another issue with the Great Mission of Sovereign Supply is that giving the military economic power will only increase civilians’ disapproval. Unfortunately, Maduro needs the support of the military since its government is very unpopular.
“The failure could be costly for the military. Maduro put a time bomb in the hands of Padrino, a bomb that could end up killing the image of that institution,” Faraco said.
Does anyone else see forced labor camps in Venezuela’s future? Someone’s going to have to work those fields.
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