Venezuela’s supermarket sweep has left Venezuelans scrambling to find what to put in their carts.
The sweep is part of the countrys “new” food program, which was implemented on April 1.
It allows Venezuelans to buy and sell all types of food, with the government claiming that the new program will save more than 3.5 billion bolivars ($300 million).
According to the government, the program was implemented to “ensure access to food, reduce hunger, improve nutrition and reduce the burden on society.”
The grocery sweep is a new initiative from the country’s new Socialist government, which is looking to expand food imports.
Venezuela currently imports more than 70% of its food from the United States and Canada.
The government also claims that the sweep will provide more than 700,000 jobs and boost the economy by $3.4 billion.
But food shortages in Venezuela are not just caused by shortages of goods, but also because of the fact that Venezuela’s food prices are so high that it makes the average Venezuelan pay over $2,000 a month.
“It is the third year in a row that Venezuelans are paying over $3,000 in food prices, which means they are getting the same amount as they would have if they bought food at a lower price,” a Venezuelan official told El Universal newspaper.
“The government’s plan to make Venezuelans pay for food with inflation is a scam that is not supported by the evidence,” a spokesman for the Venezuelan Ministry of Food told ABC News.
According the Ministry of Economy, Venezuela currently exports more than 5 million tonnes of food a year to the U.S. and Canada, and imports more, about 3.8 million tonnes.
But according to the Venezuelan government, they have to import almost 30% of the food they import from the U,S.
to meet their demands.