Grape and asparagus crops at risk

Peru farm protests grip country

Yesterday, protests by Peruvian farm workers demanding better wages have stretched to a fourth day, spreading north into key agricultural areas of the nation. The protests are derailing harvests of some crops, produce transports. They have unfortunately also resulted in at least one death.

Peruvian interim President Francisco Sagasti called the death of a protester a “tragedy” and told reporters the government would immediately investigate the first casualty in demonstrations over farm worker rights and wages that began on Monday.

The death of two young people in Lima last month led to the resignation of Sagasti’s predecessor, Manuel Merino, prompting renewed scrutiny of the actions of security forces in the Andean nation.

Workers from Camposol, a major fruit exporter, joined the fray on Thursday. Farm laborers from agro-exporter Talsa announced they too would join the rallies on Friday.

“All activities have been paralyzed, there are no harvests, there is nothing. Grapes and asparagus are going bad, we are in the middle of the season for these two crops,” Fernando Cilloniz, a grape exporter, told Reuters.

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