Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has devised a “rabbit plan” to counter the economic war he says is being waged against his government by “imperialist forces”.
The president urged crisis-hit Venezuelans to breed rabbits and eat them as a source of animal protein.
Venezuela is facing record levels of child malnutrition amid persistent food shortages.
An opposition politician said the plan was “a bad joke”.
President Maduro revealed the idea on state television, saying that “for animal protein, which is such an important issue, a ‘rabbit plan’ has been approved because rabbits also breed like rabbits”.
The leader did say that the “rabbit plan” had not got off to a good start and the minister of urban agriculture, Freddy Bernal, said there had been a “cultural problem ”
President Maduro said rabbit kittens had been handed to 15 communities as part of a pilot project by Mr Bernal.
The Venezuelan government routinely blames the “economic war” on everything from shortages of food to medicines and toiletries.
It alleges that “imperialist forces” are trying to cripple the country economically in order to oust its socialist leader but the opposition says government mismanagement is to blame.