Mexican farmers flex muscles

17 February 1999

Mexican farmers flex muscles

MEXICOS farmers have begun to take a strong stance on the countrys policies on imports of agricultural products, reports the Financial Times.

Under pressure from the National Pork Producers Council, pig farmers have already forced the government to impose anti-dumping duties on US slaughtered hog imports to Mexico.

Farmers are pressing for changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) that Mexico entered into five years ago with the USA and Canada.

They are also warning that any treaty discussed during Mexicos incipient free trade talks with the European Union (EU) should rule out export subsidies on EU farm products.

After a long campaign, Mexicos poultry producers have won a battle to block, from the beginning of this week, imports of Avian Influenza-ridden poultry.

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