15 November 2022
Move seeks to protect local market.
COLOMBIAN potatoes have been banned from entering Venezuela in a move to protect the local economy.
Only last month, the commercial border between the two countries was reopened, but the National Confederation of Potato Producers and Marketers in Venezuela (CONFEPAPA) warned that domestic production was in danger as more and more imported potatoes were consumed.
"In September and October we dedicated ourselves to attacking the huge invasion of potatoes coming from Colombia, which flooded the market, abruptly affecting potato prices and therefore considerably affecting Venezuelan farmers," President of Confepapa, Abraham Hayon, said.
The latest decision will benefit more than 150,000 families whose economy depends on potato production, the organisation claims, while helping the national market to increase its production and reduce product prices.