One of Venezuela’s premiere agricultural businessmen turned statesman is named Jose Manuel Gonzalez. For many years he served as the leader of an agricultural interest group where he gained experience in solving problems. He is now a member of the Venezuelan state senate and here he continues to do work that aims to help the people of his country.
Jose Manuel Gonzales says the agricultural status of his country is very dire at this time. It is inadequately producing both rice and corn by the hundreds of thousands of tons. Also, the goods that do exist cannot be exchanged in the global economy for items that will meet the needs of the people. To be a person living in Venezuela at this time is to be living your life on a roller coaster where you have some fast ups and screaming down periods. It is not a good situation and there is no sense of stability or security in the country.
The government of Venezuela has failed the people because they do not understand the agriculture business. Their attempts at management were not successful because of their ignorance. They had a closed door policy on decision making in this arena and as a result, they shut out the experts who understood the agricultural market the best. Then when the problems began they would just complain that things were not their responsibility. The government is very fragile at this point because people have lost confidence in it due to its failures. The Venezuelan people need a man like Jose Manuel Gonzalez who can fix the agricultural problems so that the people have enough rice and corn to eat. Poor government has resulted in corruption on a massive scale and distorted the value of goods. Everyone is suffering because of this.
There is insecurity and lawlessness across the country. Many people have been kidnapped. Extortion is happening on a daily basis and there are frequent carjackings. In the state of Guarico, things are the absolute worst and Jose Manuel Gonzalez has seen it with his own eyes. Organized crime is ruling in the nation at this time.