Farming is the most prevalent economic activity in most third world nations. Venezuela is no exception. Despite being agriculturally rich, the country’s agricultural sector has for years, lagged behind. Jose Manuel Gonzalez has emerged as the voice of farmers in the South American nation. The politician and farmer has been using every channel to express his displeasure with the way farmers have been given a deaf ear by successive Venezuelan governments.
Why the Sector Needs to be Revitalized
Gonzalez has been an adherent champion for agricultural reforms. Being a farmer has put him in a vantage position as far as pinpointing the ills facing the sector is concerned. Lack of foreign exchange has greatly affected the agricultural sector since it is almost impossible to import high quality farm implements. This state of inadequacy negates efforts being put in place by small scale farmers to improve the sector. The country’s assembly has similarly failed to get to the root cause of the problem and has left farmers on their own.
Venezuelan leadership has been putting in place economically inept policies, which have affected agriculture most. The use of one company for importation purposes for instance, has created a monopoly, which is the main cause of the perennial scarcity of agricultural implements. Cartels and agriculture barons have taken advantage of the closed door economy to make illegal importations, which denies the government the much-needed revenue. Insecurity in farming villages has escalated to the point that farmers are robbed of their hard-earned money in broad daylight, maimed and left for the dead. According to Gonzalez, these issues ought to be addressed judicially to that the sector can be saved from imminent collapse.
Important Notes about Jose Manuel Gonzalez
Gonzalez is a vocal farmer, entrepreneur and politician. He is the representative of Guárico State in the Venezuelan National Assembly. He is widely regarded as a revolutionary and the only hope to millions of farmers living below the poverty line. Gonzalez rose to the limelight during his stint as FEDECAMARA’s president. He has used his political role to fight for the rights of farmers, and to condemn cartels operating in Venezuelan villages.