Venezuela imports more chicken and eggs to meet increasing demand05 July 2007
VENEZUELA - Venezuela's Food Ministry has announced that it will import 45,000 tonnes of chicken to cover high demand.Minister, General Rafael Oropeza says the government has approved the chicken import, as well as 90,000 units of eggs from Colombia to supply private sector stores.
The cargo is expected to arrive in two weeks.
The Minister insists that the imports are complementary and circumstantial aimed at covering national demand which has increased 30 to 40% over the last few months.
According to the Minister, Venezuelan producers say they have reached full capacity and are unable to supply the market is because of the increased demand.
Zulia State Poultry Association president, Ricardo Villasmil argues that imports are short-term solutions
Villasmil also states that the regulation of prices has created distortions in the distribution chain ... "we thought that demand would go down after January until the beginning of the Easter holiday but that didn't happen."
The only way that imported products, Villasmil contends, can reach the consumer at regulated prices would be for the government to exonerate domestic producers from additional costs, such as transport and tariff rates.
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