With prices of onions and bananas that seem to be giving way, potatoes are still up and a disproportionate increase in celery, in vegetables for four people, it could be around 60 thousand pesos, that is, half of the basic salary recently decreed by the Venezuelan Government.
Freddy Omar Duran
In any case, the shopkeepers of popular markets clarify that they only adjust to the wholesaler’s offer, and that they barely leave a profit margin, trying not to scare off a clientele, already diminished and very limited to their family budget. However, the sellers of the Mercado Popular Sabatino, also known as Dimo, report that handling the Colombian denomination has been bringing them inconveniences, as far as the single is concerned.
With an attempt to put the bolivar back in the forefront of the market -and part of the service in street stalls includes payment by electronic point-, even the peso continues to be the monetary measure in Táchira of reference when it comes to talking about prices. and its variations.
The butchers, for example, assert that the sacrifices have been kept to a minimum, calculating that the consumption of the item they offer weekly has been reduced to a quarter. This has been occurring since the crudest stage of the pandemic; however, even though it is almost extinct, it has not improved much.
—The people who carried two kilos of meat now carry half a kilo. I slaughtered two cattle for the weekend and I knew that they were going to acquire all of it. Now I barely take two pieces of the animal out of the fridge. People in the past did not stop him, and it did not even cross his mind to stop buying meat for the home,” said one of the butchers who are usually located on Saturdays in front of the MAT headquarters.
As for animal protein, chicken and fish continue to be an alternative that is around 10,000 pesos or less per kilo, with bird legs costing 5,000 pesos per kilo, compared to beef; however, the carton of eggs worries many, having exceeded the barrier of 16,000 pesos, and hard cheese per kilo is around that amount.
sky high celery
Many fruits are still determined to get away from the pocket of the tachirense, and some are offered at six thousand per kilo; however, good options are the papaya -up to three small units for two thousand pesos-, the guava at two thousand a kilo and the mango returns in harvest. Avocado, a favorite for many months, this weekend, per medium-sized unit, was offered at three thousand pesos.
The onion and the carrot, at one thousand pesos per kilo, take pity on the consumer, as such do the tomato, the beet, and the cabbage at 2 thousand pesos per kilo, the banana, which reached the ceiling of five thousand pesos, at 3 A thousand pesos; and paprika at 3 thousand pesos.
Violent was the celery, a tuber always related to humble and typical dishes, for which up to 6 thousand pesos per kilo were asked this weekend.
For Iris Becerra, who in her childhood already worked in the area around Dimo when she was authorized for outdoor sales, the rains on the El Zumbador páramo could be the factor that affects this increase, and this has been affecting other items. like potato and cilantro.
As a vendor, but particularly as a rural woman, she is concerned about what is happening with the sector and how it is surfing the economic crisis, which ultimately falls on the pocket of the tachirense.
“We’re doing to survive, but what else?” We continue in this, because getting a job is difficult; You go looking for it and there is none. And if there is, it is for one or two days. Nobody wants field work, very absorbing. I also sow, but not many items. Investment becomes difficult. You have to bring the pesticide from Colombia, and if they see you entering the border with three pots, you have to leave one for the “guys”. You cannot make a travel expense to bring only one. Here you get that input, but up to three times more expensive, compared to the one you bring from Cúcuta,” Becerra said.
He admits that perhaps Venezuelan immigrants have some advantages in relation to those who stayed in Venezuela; but she considers that the food crisis has become global, and that everyone, wherever they are in the world, must fight.
—I’m not planting carrots because the oxen to make the furrows got sick, and if I look for others, they rent them to me for 100,000 pesos. The carrot is already worth 200 a can of seeds, and to this cost is added the fertilizer, the lime, one’s work. We are all fighting, and the one outside is doing it to bring money to his family here. This is a worldwide problem— added Becerra.