1 Oct 2008

Argentine farmers to strike again

11:14 am on 1 October 2008

Argentine farmers are to hold a fresh strike against government farm policy.

Farm leaders told a news conference on Tuesday that farmers would halt export sales of livestock and grains for six days starting from Friday.

A series of strike protests were held earlier this year. They lasted four months until ending in mid-July.

Argentina is one of the world's top suppliers of soybeans, corn, wheat and beef.

The strikes ended when the government of President Cristina Fernandez scrapped a rise in taxes on soy exports.

However, the farmers say the government has failed to address their demands, which include lower export taxes and higher milk prices for dairy farmers.