Jose Manuel Gonzalez, an agronomic entrepreneur, was the leader of FEDECAMARAS and is the current deputy of Guarico State National Assembly. He gives us the eminence of two successive experiences in the public service from two contemporary areas. He is an active agronomic entrepreneur borrowed into politics.
The agriculture sector is in a precarious situation as the rest of the sectors. The country stopped producing 500,000 tons of rice in the recent years. Corn also dropped in production by 300,000 tons. Again we do not have the foreign exchange to import goods from outside the border. This has fated us to the “roller-coaster” type of poor supply, where no one guarantees anything. We do not count either with spare parts of with supplies; the little achieved is unmaintainable.
Since the assembly tries to understand the agricultural situation, it offers unsustainable solutions to the problem. It has always been unproductive, poor management. A closed-door state points its weaknesses and flaws but turns a deaf ear at the end. They will always guarantee that, “things will be better if we collaborated and shift blame from them.” This shows the fragility of the coalition administration, and the majority of official fraud group always imposed the opposition group: “the cheap to steal money, overbilling and the remaining foreign exchange is used in imports.”
Productive income is affected by insecurity. This situation is evident in agricultural states. Guarico is unsafe; farmers pay criminal gangs to allow them to conduct business, more than 20 kidnappings every week, and carjacking. The situation is, however, different in Guarico Municipality, and we see that regional governments, municipal and national governments are sleeping. The poor farmer’s money goes to the criminal gangs instead of production. The government will import food as a result and use that as an excuse to smuggle money. The food situation will be more difficult owing to the shortage of foreign exchange.