Argentine Farmers to Resume Strike for Eight-Day Period

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Argentine farmers announced yesterday that they will resume striking for eight days, after negotiations with the Kirchner-led government broke down. The strike previously lasted 3 weeks, effectively choking the capital off from meat, wheat, and soy deliveries, and blocking roads throughout the nation. The strike had been on a 30-day suspension in order to negotiate, but with that time expiring, no solution has been reached. The origins of the strike were over an export tax increase, which is now at 44%. Most farmers say that this is not only unfair, but impossible to accommodate fiscally. The government raised the taxes in an effort to stem exports, and to keep agricultural sales more domestically based. Both sides hope to get the issue resolved quickly, due to the national polarization on the topic.

Via: CNN

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