The Communal Economic Circuit of Coffee in Lara strengthens with the alliance ofCommune producers

Lara, March 3, 2023 (Press Mincomunas) – The Commune Sectors United Hilario Luna y Luna, Villanueva sector of the Moran municipality, Lara state, held a communal assembly with local coffee producers to continue strengthening and advancing in the Communal Economic Circuit in the locality.

Producers and spokespersons of the Communes Manuelita Saenz, Venceremos Siempre, Tierra y Hombres Libres, Revolucion Cafetalera, Sectores Unidos, Estrellas del Futuro, Prudencio Pinedo and of the Commune under construction La Primavera attended the assembly reported on the achievements since the creation of the circuit.

For Rufino Mendoza, executive and parliamentary spokesman of the Venceremos Siempre Commune, integrated by 28 Communal Councils that house 1,820 families: ” This assembly has been of great collective interest because it has allowed us to debate and advance in the plans of fertilization, electrification, the agro-ecological school, and roads; all this has been possible thanks to the work and effort of the organized people.”

The concrete result of the day was the set-up of a group of work commissions to continue developing plans to feed the circuit links. These commissions correspond to the development of a communal financial system through the commercialization of the products that imply an articulation level with institutions and other Communes in the western part of the country.

José Lopez, a coffee producer from La Primavera Commune in Guarico Parish, highlighted the importance of the meeting. “This space to form the communal coffee circuit is fundamental because we can see the integration that exists between the Communes and the benefits that the producers have received thanks to the union and the joint work with the Ministry of Communes, the Bicentennial Bank, and the agreement reached with Café Cardenal, and the best of all is the creation of a good welfare fund for the Communes and the entire productive sector of the Moran municipality.”

Another reached agreement was the integration of the Communal Indicators Commission, which measures the advance of the Communal Economic Circuit’s work, and the Fertilization Plan Commission, which implies co-management actions between the State and the Communal Economic Circuit of Coffee.

“For me, we are in the consolidation phase of the communal economic circuit. This space allowed us to organize and assume tasks and give body to the elements that allow us to assume with credibility and property what is the Communal Economic Circuit of Coffee, before some other approaches that may come to the peasant zone”, said Norkis Ramos, spokeswoman of the Planning Table of the Commune Sectors United.

Collective benefit

In the words of Rafael Sequera, parliamentarian and leader of the Douglas Bravo Communal Council, the integration of the circuit will develop many plans for the welfare of the producers and the community in general. “We used to handle the issue of fertilization individually. Now we buy it collectively thanks to the economic circuit. We have received financing from Banco Bicentenario to purchase 600 sacks of fertilizers, and each producer has received six sacks to improve the harvest.”

However, despite the critical issues that still need to be resolved, the union of the producers to move forward with production is fundamental.

For this reason, the meeting was an opportunity to outline the three objectives of community aggregation, the productive value chain, and the economy for life.

Douglas Rangel, director of Communal Financing of the People’s Power Ministry for Communes and Social Movements, and Edith Pineda, advisor of the Vice-Ministry of Communal Economy, accompanied the community members and producers.

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