Amid fuel shortage, Venezuelan farmers worry about crops

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LA GRITA, Venezuela (AP) All across Venezuela, crops are spoiling in the fields at a time of unprecedented hunger as farmers become the latest casualty of the nation's deepening crisis.

They lack a dependable supply of gasoline.

That means critical shipments of pesticides have been cut off, basic equipment has become impossible to operate, field workers cannot be bussed in and crops aren't arriving at markets.

And that jeopardizes an already shaky sector in a country that has seen a whopping 10 percent of the population emigrate.

Gasoline is dirt cheap, but hard to find, driving the black market price for a 5.3 gallon container up to $100 in remote mountain communities.