>> A meal of local grass to graze on. A lazy afternoon lay in the sun sounds typical for a life of a cow, but nothing is normal right now in Venezuela. Reuters correspondent Corina Pams.>> In the Venezuelan crisis a lot of people can not afford to buy meat.
But a socialist commune that has house in a wealthy neighborhood in Caracas found a simple way to obtain cheap meat, they bought cows and keep them in the backyard until they can distribute it.>> The
commune supported with government funding, located on government land, and run by the devotees of socialist President Nicolas Maduro has turned its city backyard into an urban cattle pasture and slaughterhouse.
The nearby residents are not pleased, upset with the flies, stench and the unsanitary conditions that have come along with their new neighbors.>> One of them told us that it is something that they imagine that is common in the country, but never in the city. Meat is hard to come by in the country swept up in the fifth year of recession and inflation running at nearly 1,000,000%.
Leaders of the commune, which also grows fruits and vegetables, say given the economic circumstances, this is the best way to sell meat at a cheaper price. Several hundred residents have paid the commune the black market rate of about $2 for a small amount of meat. That is above the government mandated price, but still way below the going rate at traditional butchers like Maribelle Zombrano.
>> Distrubutors sell to us at an expensive price, so we can't sell the meat at a regulated price.>> Supporters of the urban ranch say, they'd rather endure the discomfort caused by these neighbors than to watch their human neighbors go hungry.