Farmers in Mexico's sugar cane fields are fuming as the U.S. and Mexico hold trade talks facing a Monday deadline to change a trade agreement. Fred Katayama reports.
Farmers in Mexico's sugar cane fields are fuming as the U.S. and Mexico hold trade talks. Negotiators face a Monday deadline to change an agreement that set a price floor and quotas on Mexican sugar. President Donald Trump has criticized the NAFTA free trade pact as unfair to American workers, while U.S. sugar refiners charge the agreement has failed to stop dumping of what they see as subsidized exports. Samuel Montes produces sugar cane in Zacatepec, Mexico. SOUNDBITE; SAMUEL MONTES, SUGAR CANE PRODUCER, (ENGLISH VOICEOVER) SAYING: "It is going to cause very strong social conflict throughout the country with all the mills." Narciso Hernandez is upset at his own government. SOUNDBITE: NARCISO HERNANDEZ, SUGAR CANE PRODUCER, (ENGLISH VOICEOVER), SAYING: "What's happening with the government? They haven't look at our sector in the fields responsibly. They don't want to understand that everything comes from the field so that we can live." Anger in the agricultural sector is further eroding support for Mexico's ruling party. Mexico's economy minister Ildefonso Guajardo. SOUNDBITE: ILDEFONSO GUAJARDO, ECONOMY MINISTER, MEXICO, (ENGLISH VOICEOVER) SAYING: "It's not time to start making early or speculative decisions. It is time to continue to pull for a constructive solution." All this comes as a leftist nationalist makes inroads ahead of a presidential election next year.