Food producers warn over chronic Venezuela shortages

People await in a popular market to buy food in the 23 de Enero neighborhood in Caracas on December 4, 2015Shortages of even the most basic goods in Venezuela will drag on for months longer unless the government and incoming opposition-led congress lift import and price controls, food producers warned Thursday. Four days after President Nicolas Maduro lost his legislative majority to the opposition in an election, industry body Cavidea warned that restrictions on foreign capital were blocking imports of raw materials producers need to manufacture basic foods. There is no guarantee of a continuous, stable supply of produce,” said Manuel Larrazabal, head of Cavidea.

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