Rab­bit drive be­comes a pet project

Weekend Herald - - WORLD -

Ni­co­las Maduro, the Venezue­lan Pres­i­dent, has ad­mit­ted his plan to com­bat the coun­try’s food cri­sis by en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to breed rab­bits for meat has hit an early “set­back” after par­tic­i­pants in a pilot project started to adopt the an­i­mals as pets.

Un­veil­ing “Plan Rab­bit”, Maduro de­scribed it as an “ex­tremely good” ini­tia­tive to pro­vide an alternative source of an­i­mal pro­tein, “be­cause rab­bits breed like . . . rab­bits”.

How­ever, the scheme, de­signed to re­sist the “eco­nomic war” Maduro says is be­ing waged by the “em­pire”, has suf­fered teething dif­fi­cul­ties.

Freddy Ber­nal, the Min­is­ter for Ur­ban Agri­cul­ture, had given baby

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