Argentine farm leaders warned the government against ending negotiations to resolve a dispute over export taxes and will meet today as pressure builds in the countryside to halt grain and oilseeds exports for a third time since March.
The New York Times forecasts bad times ahead for President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in spite of booming times for the Argentine economy. Mrs. Kirchner is struggling to break free of the curse of Argentine leaders past: the failure to govern successfully in the good times, writes Alexei Barrionuevo from Buenos Aires.
Argentina announced that in May 2009 it will be making the official presentation of the outer boundaries of its continental shelf, (including the Falkland Islands) before the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in the framework of the Law of the Sea.
Argentina's trade surplus narrowed 30% in April from a year earlier to a lower-than-expected 864 million US dollars as surging imports offset high commodities export prices, according to official data from the Argentine government.
Argetnine exported 132.847 tons of fish and shellfish worth 261 million US dollars during the first four months of the year, according to statistics released by the National Food Safety and Quality Service (SENASA). These figures represent a 19.7%drop in volume and a 15.6% drop in value compared to the same four-month period in 2007, when 165.441 tons, worth 309 million US dollars were exported.
Argentine farmers and the government held huge separate rallies in shows of strength ahead of talks scheduled for Monday aimed at resolving a two month and a half conflict over export levies on grains and oilseeds which has expanded to demand a new farm policy.
The Argentine government attitude towards camp has given farmers scheduled Sunday rally in the city of Rosario its greatest boost and they will have to expand the city to get all the people in said farmers'leaders.
The protracted conflict with the farmers and growing inflation demolished in two months the support for Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner according to the latest public opinion poll from the consultants Poliarquía released on Thursday.
While Argentine government officials expressed optimism, following the Thursday meeting with camp representatives to discuss tax policies, farmers said they were let down and feel frustrated by the government's attitude of delaying proposals and discussions.
Argentine farmers said on Wednesday they are willing to discuss the controversial sliding levies on grains and oil seed exports but also cautioned they were looking forward to a grand national celebration in the scheduled Sunday rally at Rosario, and not another occasion of protest and claims.