加拉加斯 (法新社) — — 在周二的委内瑞拉人醒来发现政府控制价格的玉米面粉 — — 用于制作玉米饼玉米饼, a staple of local cuisine — has risen 900 percent.
The socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro had kept the price of corn flour frozen for 15 months at 19 bolivares a kilogram (两磅).
But late Monday the government’s Superintendent of Fair Prices increased the price to 190 bolivares a kilo, or $19 at the government rate used for imports such as medicine and scarce food.
面粉是最稀缺的基本食物之一, 和委内瑞拉玉米面粉工业家协会一直要求涨价, 主张政府设定价格低廉并不包括生产成本.
院长还说，鸡只的价格将上升, up 13 times from 65 bolivares a kilo to 850 bolivares.
The price of chicken had also been frozen since February 2015.
委内瑞拉持久的世界上最高的通货膨胀率: 180 percent in 2015, and a projected 700 percent for 2016.
A “Law of Just Prices” sets a maximum profit margin of 30 percent for all goods and services.
但在食品和药品的情况下, a senior official said that profits are “compressed” to between 14 and 20 percent.