ago, Freddy Bernal, Minister for Urban Agriculture and head of the CLAPs, said
that in 2016, around 27 million food combos were traded, a figure that rocketed
to 91 million a year later, 86 million of which were packed with imported
products thanks to government intermediaries.
is the business behind these intermediations that Corpovex did not mind paying $
3.3 more for the same CLAP provisions just within days. Thus, while MIR
Importació i Exportació billed Corpovex $ 34.87 per box on October 30, 2017,
twenty days before, J
& B International Trading,
registered in Miami, valued each pantry at $ 31.57 for the Venezuelan
state-owned company. Other traders have also moved in a band from 34 to 39
dollars, which means that in 2017 alone, the Venezuelan Government could have
spent 2,500 to 3,500 million dollars in the state program.
volume of the business also clouded the Venezuelan authorities’ judgment, who
offered Venezuelans for months at least eight Mexican brands of powdered milk
that violated the nutritional standards imposed by national legislation. Despite
being one of the most expensive products in CLAP boxes, it was, in fact, a paste
low in protein and calcium, but high in carbohydrates and sodium, as
demonstrated by the chemical
performed by the Institute of Science and Food Technology of Universidad Central
de Venezuela, at the request of Armando.info.
date, no one from the Government has referred to the issue or explained why
choosing dummy intermediaries to execute the plan with which it intends to
control the feeding of the most deprived people. Traders like MIR Importació i
Exportació rub their hands. "To be a leading corporation in food and beverages,
pharmacy products, personal hygiene and beauty, household cleaning products,
both in Spain and in Latin American and Caribbean markets, where we will
participate through strategic alliances that meet the expectations of our
customers and associates," is stated on its website. With the CLAP business, it
found the key to millions.