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LatinNews Daily - 26 August 2020

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In brief: Venezuela's agriculture sector warns of major food shortages

* Aquiles Hopkins, president of the Venezuelan federation of agricultural producers (Fedeagro), has warned that the country’s agricultural sector is facing “its most complex moment in the last 50 years”, as extreme fuel shortages are set to seriously disrupt domestic food production. In most countries in the region, agriculture has been one of few economic activities left largely unscathed by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, but the continued decline of Venezuelan oil production, combined with US actions to prevent the arrival of emergency fuel supplies from abroad, has left farmers in the county largely unable to harvest their crops. Hopkins emphasised the urgent need for “the re-engineering and innovation of our productive activity” if severe food shortages are to be avoided.