Argentina Strike Resumes

Farmers will protest but not block roads or essential sales.

Published on: May 5, 2008

With the breakdown of negotiations between Argentine farmers and the government last week and the expiration of the 30-day truce on Friday, the farmers strike resumed on Saturday.

Last week the negotiations managed to work out agreements for the wheat and beef sectors but no progress was made on the contentious sliding-scale grain export tax, which substantially increased the duty on soybeans that the government unveiled in early April.

Unlike the three-week strike in March, farmers are protesting alongside roads, but are not blocking traffic according to Argentine Agrarian Federation President Eduardo Buzzi. Also farmers will sell essential items domestically so a repeat of March's food shortages will not happen.

Farm groups and the government are expected to meet Tuesday to continue talks.