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The flour, the milk or the sugar are buying to spoons in Venezuela

Caracas / The shortage and impoverishment of Venezuelans has given rise to a minimalist market of daily consumer products, where coffee, flour, milk or sugar are buying “to spoons” in bags weighing between 50 and 150 grams and where prices, without control, rise every day.

Shampoo, soap and vegetable oil, because are liquids, are delivered in very small containers of less than 250 milliliters.

Day by day, the number of Venezuelans who see this minimalist trade as their last option to buy food or purchase certain personal hygiene products, before crossing the border into indigence or begging, which continues to grow, grows.

In the populous Redoma de Petare, in the Caracas neighborhood of the same name, several peddlers sell four spoons of sugar for 4,000 bolivars, a little over 1 dollar, according to the official highest exchange rate.

The retailers, known as “bachaqueros” in the South American country of Nicolás Maduro, offer products such as coffee in bags of less than 50 grams to two, three, four or five bolivars, depending on its weight.

In recent weeks, this form of ‘pocket trade’ has been registered in the interior of the country for months and has spread to the eastern and western markets of the Venezuelan capital.

It has coincided with the denunciation of the Parliament, of opposition majority, of an accumulated annual inflation in Venezuela of 825 percent, until October.

In this context, a Venezuelan comes to earn six tablespoons of sugar a day as long as (and like most workers and pensioners in the country) a minimum monthly salary of $ 53 per month.

In the towns of Zulia and Trujillo, in western Venezuela, there have also been reports of alleged frauds, such as the sale of used cooking oil or lime instead of wheat flour, without any control by authorities.

The so-called Bolivarian revolution has a price control over the products of daily consumption that, however, applies vigorously in supermarkets, where every day there is more scarcity and by the warmth of shortage, the “bachaqueros” markets does not stop to grow

Venezuela is the country with the largest oil reserves in the world, but the impoverishment of its inhabitants has led them to buy food at spoons to circumvent the food shortage, aggravated by the hyperinflationary spiral.

(November 20, 2017, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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