We are always topping ourselves in the Quest for Underdevelopment.
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Thirty thousand tons of yellow maize just arrived at Puerto Cabello from the United States of America. And it's so laughable: the pseudo-revolutionaries of the Venezuelan government talk all the time about "food independence" and the fight against the Empire (id est USA, never China) and the way in which Venezuela is about to become a superpower. In reality the current government can only sustain itself by weakening local producers and letting petrodollars pay for all kinds of imports. The only way Chavismo knows is to make everyone a beggar for imported products paid by oil, lots of oil.
We are importing now not only coffee from Nicaragua or black beans from the Dominican Republic but also more maize from the United States . We had been importing at one time or the other some basic things we could produce ourselves, but never ever at this rate, never ever at this level. We used to export a lot of our coffee and even some maize at times when the country was already mostly an oil economy. Caracas Chronicles gives you (mostly quoting in Spanish) another take on the subject of mismanagement.