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VENEZUELA: FOOD DISTRIBUTION WAR GOES ON by Jesus Rojas

posted 28 Jun 2016, 07:02 by Gerry Kangalee

The local Committees of Supply and Production (CLAP) in Venezuela are the new form of popular organization responsible, together with the Ministry of Food, for the house to house distribution of basic products.

Representatives of organized communities carry bags full of food consisting of various products house to house. The new implementation that has served 580,000 families across the country, strengthens the joint work of popular power and the Government towards ensuring the feeding of the people.

The solution to the current situation may not be, as it is raised by some scholars of the economy, freeing the exchange rate and prices and leaving wages submerged.

Of those recipes there have been many in Latin America and they only have given our peoples misery and exclusion, among other social dramas from which we have not recovered yet. The solutions had to emerge from the people, to be executed with the people and for the people, as it always was promoted by Commander Chavez.

Thus local Supply and Production committees (CLAP) have been forming in an increasing number of different Venezuelan communities, as a mechanism against shortages and speculation indulged in by the social scum that has stifled the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela throughout its existence.

These include the parasitic bourgeoisie who have lived off the oil income, who  do not even produce nor work, that is intermediate in the distribution chain and buy very cheap outside to sell very expensive.

Each CLAP is made up of a representative of the National Union of Women (UnaMujer), Battle units Bolivar-Chavez (UBCH, a grassroots organization of socio-political articulation), Francisco de Miranda Front (FFM organized youth) and the communal councils made up by the different communities.

The CLAPs are certified by the Ministry of People's Power for Communes and Social Movements to prevent acts of bureaucracy and corruption, and to have an effective record of how much food and other subsidized products are distributed and where they end up. The CLAP is state policy with defined objectives, to ensure that food reaches to the people and to support the production. The CLAPs do not restrict the supply to private chains of distribution such as supermarkets, but, 50% is distributed in the private network and 50% in the CLAP.

At the same time, the CLAPs have become the ideal tool to get directly to the people the production of small and medium producers, which in this way they get to break off from the speculative market that pays them a pittance for their crops, but then sells the food at very high prices to the population.

In addition, the CLAPs, along with the Ministry of People`s Power for Urban Agriculture, are organizing communities to develop vertical and agroponics orchards and intensive production in small urban, suburban and peri-urban areas spaces, so as to allow the crops quickly and without intermediaries reach to the sectors of the population who need them most.

The Venezuelan opposition has shown that its participation in the economic war is to attack the CLAPs and promote actions of sabotage of the mechanisms of production and distribution.

Several of its regional and local leaders have been involved in the assault and looting of deposits from the public network of distribution dependent on the Ministry of Food and organizing demonstrations (reduced in number but full of extremely violent speech) against the very existence of the CLAP.

The Venezuelan people, however, seems to have found again the path  to beat back the war waged by right-wing sectors allied to the parasitic bourgeoisie and the American empire, as well as move the Bolivarian Revolution forward in the construction of socialism.

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