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CARACAS, Wednesday November 21, 2012 | Update
 
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AGRICULTURE

Gov't rebuts the claims of consumption mostly based on import

In the first half of 2012, the production of tomato and onion surged 20%-25%, among others, according to the Vice-Minister of Agricultural Economy

EL UNIVERSAL
Wednesday November 21, 2012  02:58 PM
Faiez Kassen, the Vice-Minister of Agricultural Economy, labeled as "cliché" the version according to which Venezuela imports 80% of the food consumed in the country.

"I categorically refuse that 80% of what we consume in Venezuela is imported," Kassen said during the discussion of the 20013 budget at the National Assembly Finance Committee.

The senior officer contended that under the government of President Hugo Chávez, food production has grown.

He added that in 1988-1998 the domestic output barely went from 15 million tons to 17 million tons, compared to up to 24 million tons in the past 12 years.

Kassen underscored that the agricultural policy undertaken by the Executive Office has helped to recover the production of several items, such as sunflower and cotton.

According to him, in the first half of 2012, the production of tomato and onion jumped 20%-25%.

Translated by Conchita Delgado
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