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Peruvian farmers buck FTA with US

Peruvian Farmers Buck FTA with US

Lima, Nov 9 2005 (Prensa Latina) Two important Peruvian agricultural organizations march Wednesday against president Alejandro Toledo’s negotiations for a free trade agreement with the US.

The demonstration will be staged one week before the 14th round of talks on agriculture.

Peruvian National Agriculture Convention representative Federico Leon asserted demonstrators would demand that the administration reach "an agreement that benefits domestic production."

"We will defend products affected by unfair competition given the million subsidies US applies to protect its producers," Leon noted.

The National Board of Irrigation Users will join the strike.

Agriculture constitutes one of the thorny issues in the Peru-Colombia-Ecuador talks with the US, as the North American country seeks to export cereals, milk products and meat to the three Andean countries.

Farmers from these South American nations said that US attempt will ruin their domestic products.

 source: Prensa Latina