Venezuela’s National Seed Service (Senasem) has been asleep at the switch, and let 175 metric tons of potato seeds (initially reported as 175,000 tons) go rotten in state silos. When locals discovered the magnitude of waste on July 8 — in excess of all potatoes produced in 2014 — they took to social media and could hardly contain their outrage, describing it as the “official self-imposed economic war.”
.... In Venezuela, silos are the responsibility of Senasem. This state agency’s function is “to carry out all activities necessary for there to be a continuous, sufficient, and timely supply of seeds in the different areas needed by the country, so that production caters to the demand of the domestic market.”Not the first time something like this has happened on Presidente Maduro's watch;
In February, authorities discovered 45 tons of decomposing food products in state trucks belonging to Venezuelan Food Producer and Distributor (PDVAL).
.... In April 2014, it was 1,715 metric tons of meat and chicken, and 1,000 metric tons of milk, locked in containers in Puerto Cabello, Carabobo, all valued at about 10.5 million Bs.With a little help from thy amigos
In June 2010, it was close to 70,000 metric tons of spoiled food, imported in 2009 by the state-owned PDVAL but never distributed to the retail network.
How's this for irony;Later that month, ABC from Spain claimed that Cuba was directly linked to this rotten food scandal in Venezuela. The Spanish newspaper said that former Cuban Minister of Commerce Barbara Castillo Cuesta was at the front of the group of Cuban advisers linked to the import of these spoiled foods.
I must reiterate our solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and the government headed by President Nicolás Maduro, in the face of destabilization attempts and any act of external intervention. We were pleased to learn of the results of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela’s primary elections, while we are carefully following the dialogue underway between this country and the United States.That's just two days ago, from a;
We denounce the destabilization campaigns against the government of President Rafael Correa and the Citizen’s Revolution in Ecuador, to which we confirm Cuba’s solidarity.
We notice that an imperialist and oligarchic offensive has been put into practice against Latin American revolutionary and progressive processes, which will be decisively confronted by our peoples.
Speech presented by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee and President of the Councils of State and Ministers, during the closure of the National Assembly of People’s Power Eighth Legislature’s Fifth Period of Ordinary Sessions, in the Havana Convention Center, July 15, 2015, Year 57 of the Revolution