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  • Small farmers of the department of San Pedro (above) are facing bankruptcy and the seizure of their lands. (Photo: EFE/Archive)

    Small farmers of the department of San Pedro (above) are facing bankruptcy and the seizure of their lands. (Photo: EFE/Archive) | Photo: EFE/Archive

Published 19 November 2014

As the government still refuses to help small farmers stave off bankruptcy and the seizure of their lands, the farmers of San Pedro continue their fight for family farming.

After hours of negotiations, the small farmers of Paraguay could not reach any agreement with governmental officials on Wednesday, and decided to continue the protest.

Farmers from the northern department of San Pedro – the most affected by drought, and debts, but also from other regions, met the Minister of Agriculture Jorge Gattini to discuss their 11 proposals.

Gattini offered to renew the meeting on Friday, on the condition that the farmers would stop protesting and blocking the roads, which the farmers declined, considering the move as an attempt to dilate and weaken their movement.

They announced the continuation of the strike and the blocking of roads, affirming that more producers would join the protest.

Among other demands, the small farmers of San Pedro request the cancellation of the debts they have contracted due to crops damaged by the drought, as they face the seizure of their lands by banks and companies.

See more: Thousands of Protesting Farmers Block Roads Into Northern Paraguay

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