Celso Fantinel, the first vice president of the Confederation of Associations of Agricultural Producers of Venezuela (FEDEAGRO), said that the country's vegetable production would decrease by 85% in the last quarter of 2020 due to the fuel shortage in the western states of Venezuela.
In an interview, Fantinel stressed that the country's production would barely cover 20% of the national demand for food this year.
"Before the COVID-19 We were already affected by another disease: the lack of gasoline, spare parts, and inability to access bank financing," Fantinel stated. "With the arrival of gasoline from Iran, many transport units were left without fuel in the middle of the winter planting cycle," he said.
Without 91 or 95 octane fuel, it is difficult to move the items harvested in the Andes, he said. "To climb up to 2,000 meters of altitude, producers need units that operate with gasoline. We lost a lot of potatoes, cabbage, lettuce, and branch vegetables that are very perishable,” he added.