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Nine Day Strike Wins Farmers Positive Talks in Colombia

Diary farmers, along with potato, onion, rice and coffee growers and truck drivers,  and their supporters, blocked roads, and disrupted towns across the country. Hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated. Finally, the country's president John Manuel Santos  has agreed to talk.

According to the BBC, "The protesters accuse the government of running the agricultural sector into the ground.

They say that free trade agreements with the United States and the European Union are flooding the market with cheap imports while their costs for items such as fertilisers and fuel have gone up.

The president of the National Union of Farm Workers, Ederto Diaz, said small-scale farmers were the worst-hit by the free trade agreements with the EU, which came into force this month, and with the US, which has been in force since last year."

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