Jose Manuel Gonzalez has emerged as one of the most outspoken Venezuelan public figures. He is also a successful agricultural entrepreneur, and a deputy in the South American country’s National Assembly. He represents Guárico State. Mr. Jose Manuel Gonzalez recently shared his views on why agriculture and politics are complementary to each other. His insightful views clearly portray why he is one of the most intelligent and knowledgeable Venezuelan statesmen.
According to Mr. Gonzalez, Venezuela’s agricultural sector has stagnated. The country’s production has slowed down, a situation that denies it the much needed foreign exchange. Lack of foreign exchange has in turn relegated the country to a roller coaster supply. Little progress can be achieved in such a situation since no imports can be made to boost the sector. Poor management of government agencies mandated with overseeing the sector is condemning farmers to poverty every day. The distorted nature of foreign exchange rates is hurting the sector all the more since its agricultural output is sold at throwaway prices in the international market.
Gonzalez points out that the political elite have resorted to bickering instead of hitting the ground running to solve issues that face the country. The country is currently run by a fragile coalition government, which is bedeviled with red tape bureaucracy. This makes it quite difficult for leaders to consult and come up with measures that will revive the sector. Insecurity also remains a matter of serious concern in Venezuela. Up to ten kidnapping are reported on a weekly basis, something that exemplifies the precarious security situation. Gonzalez asserts that the government needs to stamp its authority, and deal with such issues to avoid economic ruin.
Jose Manuel’s Résumé
Mr. Gonzalez created a niche for himself by being a successful farmer. His popularity has seen him serve as the president of FEDECAMARAS. He is also renowned for standing up to government policies that affect farmers in the South American country, majority of whom live below the poverty line. At the national assembly, he has distinguished himself for being savvy, and for having an exceptional ability to articulate issues. His forthright nature has made him the de facto leader of small scale farmers in the country.