This article was distributed yeasterday by the people at Veneconomia, written by Toby Bottome. It speaks for itself, but I can’t help but point out the destructive character of this so called revolution, which can’t stand those that do things well, whose own incompetence and inefficiency leads them to be jealous of those that can do and who in the face of failure of their own cooperative program, prefer to destroy than to allow them to suceed at their own game. This is the reality of the robolution, no values, nothing to admire, full of hate and jealousy. What kind of legacy can be derived from this for future generations? Is this the “ideology” that Chavez wants to introduce into our educational system?
The cannibalism of the revolution by Veneconomy
quality of Venezuelan cacao goes back to before Colonial times. The varieties Maracaibo, Chuao and
Choroni are equal -if not superior- to the world’s most prized fine cacaos.
Today, the fine cacaos account for 5% of the world’s total cacao crops, and Venezuela has
excellent possibilities of its fine cacao capturing 50% of the total world
One would think that the Bolivarian government, which is
constantly trumpeting the importance for the economy of “banner products” and
endogenous production, would give support and incentives to the small cacao
producers who eke out a living in the eastern (Sucre and Delta), central
(Miranda and Aragua), and western (Barinas, Zulia and Tachira) regions of the country.
But, if the experience of some small producers in
Barlovento, Miranda state, is anything to go by, it seems as though the exact
opposite is true. These small producers are receiving absolutely no protection
from the law and have been left at the mercy of groups of vandals who have
damaged their property and crops and threatened them with violence while the
National Lands Institute (INTI) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
remain totally indifferent.
What happened recently at Hacienda Agricola La Concepcion,
located between Panaquire and El Clavo (Miranda), is a case in point. This is a
privately owned farm with proven deeds of title going back to 1738 and it is
fully productive with 308.75 hectares given over to fine cacao and trees for
Agricola La Concepcion C.A., the owner of the farm, has
worked hard at developing an excellent cacao of the highest quality that has
won international recognition. This small company exports its entire production
to Europe Japan, and the United
States, where it has positioned Venezuelan
cacaos with chocolate houses such as Michel Cluizel and Scharffen Berger. It
also gives technical, financial, and marketing assistance to another 47
producers in the area and in Aragua state. Moreover, in the purest Bolivarian
spirit, Agricola La Concepcion supported some of its former workers in setting
up a cooperative (Cooperativa Emprendedores del Cacao 1902), which operates and
maintains production both at La Concepcion and the Cacao Processing Plant,
where all member producers in the area process their cacao.
On September 20 this year, the farm was invaded -with
violence- by a group calling itself a cooperative and with the support of the
INTI. As a result, nearly a hundred people were prevented from working, the
property was ransacked and wrecked, seeds destroyed, and the crop stolen. Now
this group poses a permanent threat to owners and workers alike, keeping them
in a state of anxiety, while the authorities have turned a deaf ear to the
complaints and requests for help filed by the farm’s administrators.
It seems that neither small producers nor those who, in
good faith, have tried to follow the guidelines of the cooperativism preached
by the Bolivarians are safe from cannibalism in this revolution.