Venezuela's main employers, Fedecámaras, warned on Sunday that the electricity rationing applied by the government in 20 states, after the blackouts in March, is affecting production and thus the supply of food.
"There are strong problems in the industrial sector, which does not have power plants, and in the sectors that require refrigeration chain, production is totally affected and that is beginning to be felt in the supply," Fedecámaras president Carlos told Efe Larrazabal.
He indicated that so far the employers do not have an exact calculation on the losses that left all the failures of the electric service occurred in the first and last week of March.
However, he stressed that due to the massive blackout of the 7th of that month, which lasted for five days, it is estimated that there were daily losses of 200 million dollars.
He assured, in that sense, that the losses due to the blackouts that were registered in the last week of March are "more difficult" to calculate due to the intermittency of the service.
According to the government of Nicolás Maduro, the blackouts occurred because the country's electrical system was "attacked" by the United States and the opposition in a "cybernetic" manner and with a long-range rifle.
The opposition, for its part, points out that the lack of maintenance and state corruption was what caused the electrical failures.
The president, Nicolás Maduro, reported on March 31 about the implementation of a power rationing plan for 30 days.
According to the schedule designed by the Ministry of Electricity and the state-owned Corporación Eléctrica (Corpoelec), 20 of the country's 23 states will be without electricity at least 18 hours per week.
The scheme does not include Caracas, the Vargas state, close to the Venezuelan capital and where the country's main airport is located, and the border regions of Amazonas (south) and Delta Amacuro (northwest).