AUSTRALIA: McCain payment deal relieves potato growers, but blockade still on the cards?
Aggrieved Australian potato growers have accepted an offer from McCain Foods of an extra A$22 (US$11.64) per tonne for this year, and an extra A$9 per tonne during 2002. Some growers stressed that the threat of a national blockade on the crop still remains however. Growers had blockaded McCain's Smithton factory while demanding a A$30 increase in the A$195 per tonne payment, and the agreement was only reached after a previous offer of an extra A$16 per tonne by McCain was rejected.
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