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Farmers strike continue

Published:Tuesday | April 1, 2008 | 1:34 PM

Argentine farmers said they would continue a crippling 19-day strike after rejecting a series of new government measures as insufficient.

President Cristina Fernandez announced rebates on new export taxes for small and medium size farmers, but refused to withdraw a controversial tax rise.

She begged farmers to lift roadblocks that have caused shortages of products and blocked key exports.

The farmers said their strike would continue until Wednesday, although a leader of one of the country\'s biggest farm groups said dairy products would be allowed to go to market.

Farmers are furious over new export levies of up to 45 percent in some cases.