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Mexican Dairy Producers Seek Changes In Government's Import Policies

LADB Article ID: 53914
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2000-04-26
By: LADB Staff

Mexican milk producers from eleven states are urging President Ernesto Zedillo's administration to halt imports of powdered milk and milk substitutes, which they claim have caused domestic sales of fresh milk to plummet. The producers, members of the Uniones Regionales Ganaderas (URG) and the Asociacion Nacional de Ganaderos Lecheros (ANGLAC), made their demands known during a massive demonstration in front of the headquarters of the Secretaria de Comercio y Fomento Industrial (SECOFI) in Mexico City in early April. ANGLAC represents dairy farmers in the states of Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Durango, Coahuila, Mexico, Puebla, Queretaro, Tlaxcala, and Zacatecas. Dairy farmers are the latest group of agricultural producers to organize a visible protest in Mexico City against the government's import policies. In March, organizations representing bean and coffee producers took over the streets of Mexico City to press their demands for relief against imports and to request increased government supports (see SourceMex, 2000-03-22). ANGLAC and URG demonstrators spilled more than 3,500 liters of spoiled milk in front of the SECOFI building to express their anger at what they described as the contradictory policies of the Zedillo administration.

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