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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has a unique solution for his nation’s food shortage: rabbit.
In an online video, Maduro told Venezuelans to start raising rabbits for food.
“The first part of Plan Rabbit moves forward,” Maduro said.
“The rabbit isn’t a pet, it’s .. two and a half kilos of meat,” Venezuela’s agriculture minister, Freddy Bernal, added.
Rabbits are a good source of protein and they easily reproduce, Bernal pointed out.
Rabbit meat is not a normal part of the Venezuelan diet, CNN Money reported. The people of the South American nation mostly view the furry critters as cute pets.
Protein is in short supply in Venezuela because the government has mismanaged the economy and destroyed the food industry. Food is now so expensive and rare that Venezuelans have lost an average of 19 pounds over the past year.
$10 a Month Minimum Wage
Food imports have fallen by 61 percent since 2015, a situation that is driving hyperinflation.
Food prices have risen by more than 1,000 percent over the past year, supermarket manager Juan Jose Sousa told CNN Money. In fact, a bottle of Aunt Jemima syrup now costs more than a month’s salary at Venezuela’s minimum wage. The minimum wage in Venezuela is equal to $10 a month in U.S. dollars.
“Pasta, chicken — I also don’t have milk, nor sugar,” a 15-year old shopper told CNN Money. “I don’t know if I have a future in this country.”
Food is plentiful in private supermarkets in Venezuela, but most of the country’s citizens cannot afford to shop at them. Instead, they go to government-run supermarkets, where shelves are empty and food is rationed.
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