Argentine Farmers in Tax Struggle with Government

What ever happened with those farmers in Argentina who were threatening a tax strike?

A severe, once-in-a-generation drought has hit farmers hard in parts of the country, and the government’s export taxes have made matters worse.

Now: “Argentine growers will halt sales of grains and livestock for a week, setting up roadblocks and hampering exports to press for lower taxes.” (This is starting to hit the U.S. press because of the effect of the strike on world soybean prices — soybeans being a major crop in both Argentina an the United States.)

Another article notes that the central government is trying to divide the opposition: promising to devote more of the tax revenue to local governments in the drought-stricken areas (in the hopes of getting those governments to come out in opposition to the strike).

“Farmers at roadblocks will prevent cattle from being sent to slaughterhouses, the Rural Society said today in a statement. The society will let grains from drought-affected areas and perishable foodstuffs pass.”


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