Mexican tomatoes are one of the principal export crops hit by the United States ten per cent import surcharge - and tomato farmers are afraid for the future of this industry.
GV Mexican farmers planting tomatoes at Sinalao (4 shots) & aircraft overhead
CU Poster of Uncle Sam strangling a farmer of 10% surcharge
SV Young tomato plants PAN UP TO farmers irrigating
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Background: Mexican tomatoes are one of the principal export crops hit by the United States ten per cent import surcharge - and tomato farmers are afraid for the future of this industry. Although this year's crop has already been contracted for, and the American housewife will foot the bill, the danger is that if the surcharge remains in force beyond a year the Mexican tomato industry will collapse. At the moment it is Mexico's third largest exporter, and employs 150,000
President Luis Echeverria told the United Nations of the danger to his country presented by the American surcharge, and emphasised that all developing countries were threatened by the move. These countries - already faced with a deficit balance of payments - would be forced to reduce their imports. President Echeverria's address is covered in our production No. 11731/71 "MEXICAN PRESIDENT ECHEVERRIA CRITICISES AMERICAN IMPORT SURCHARGE", serviced today.