MercoPress, en Español

Montevideo, August 18th 2022 - 04:45 UTC

 

 

Venezuela takes over toilet paper factory in order to avoid “nationwide shortage”

Monday, September 23rd 2013 - 16:50 UTC
Full article 27 comments
Vice-president Arreaza has blamed unethical merchants for hoarding products in order to make quick profits Vice-president Arreaza has blamed unethical merchants for hoarding products in order to make quick profits

The Venezuela government has temporarily taken over a toilet paper factory in order to avoid a nationwide shortage. The decision was implemented by the National Guard which took control of the ‘Manufacturas de Papel’ plant and authorities will now oversee and monitor its production.

The move comes as the nation struggles with a shortage of paper goods. The Manpa factory in the northern state of Aragua also makes diapers and feminine sanitary napkins.

Vice President Jorge Arreaza announced the seizure late Friday over social media. He said the decision was made by an economic panel sworn in last week by President Nicolas Maduro.

The government has blamed unethical merchants for hoarding products in order to make quick profits.

Earlier this year, Caracas ordered millions of rolls of toilet paper imported into the country after an embarrassing shortage.

Previously, the government has taken over meat processing companies and dairy farms in an effort to help set low prices for basic household items.

Sundecop, the agency that enforces state price controls said in a statement the Manpa takeover would last 15 days and that the National Guard was there as a “safeguard.”

Trade minister Alexander Fleming said occupying the factory was legal under Venezuelan law.
 

Categories: Economy, Politics, Venezuela.

Top Comments

Disclaimer & comment rules
  • ChrisR

    The takeover will last 15 days, yeah, sure, whatever.

    Sep 23rd, 2013 - 05:51 pm 0
  • Brasileiro

    Do not worry ChrisR. Mercosur is prepared to supply them.

    Sep 23rd, 2013 - 06:07 pm 0
  • Conqueror

    @2 Yep. At the forefront of “aid” efforts will be argieland. It has loads of toilet paper. Commonly called “pesos”. Some people think that “pesos” is a currency for the retarded. In most countries, the main unit of currency has sub-divisions. In the United Kingdom, the pound sterling is sub-divided into pence. In the United States, the dollar is sub-divided into cents. In France,the franc is sub-divided into centimes. Except for the “euro” madness. But even the €uro is sub-divided. The “peso” is a penny currency. Basically worthless. Even before inflation. Toilet paper is worth more than “pesos”. No surprise!

    Sep 23rd, 2013 - 06:31 pm 0
Read all comments

Commenting for this story is now closed.
If you have a Facebook account, become a fan and comment on our Facebook Page!