Venezuelan president calls to increase national production

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro urged the country's productive sectors to work in a coordinated manner to increase production levels and overcome the economic model currently based on oil revenue.

'We are determined to overcome rentism to build a new economy and we will achieve it,' the head of State stressed, while he described the economic and social tools that emerged during the 2019 administration as decisive for the coming years.

Maduro explained that the transformation of the economy 'is here to stay' and stated that such a situation is an important historic turning point, which is part of a model of transition towards productive socialism.

Regarding food, the president stressed that about 2.5 million metric tons were distributed during 2019, through the Food Mission and many government strategies, which benefitted seven million families each month.

Maduro said that 120 million food packages were delivered through the Local Committees for Supply and Production (CLAP), equivalent to 1,800,000 metric tons of foodstuffs, with a 99% subsidy on their commercial value.

He emphasized that last year, 60% of the products included in the CLAP boxes were of national production, and the hopes are to reach 100% by 2020. 'We need the countryside to produce with the coordination of an entire country,' he stressed.

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