U.S. hopes NAFTA update avoids pitting farms against manufacturers

7/28/2017 Reuters

Migrant farmworkersU.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Friday he hoped farm business with Mexico would not suffer due to President Donald Trump’s drive to get a better deal for manufacturers.

Speaking before talks between the United States, Mexico and Canada to revamp the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which will begin on Aug. 16 in Washington, Perdue said NAFTA had caused problems for some sectors, but not others.

“We understand that the agriculture sectors both in the U.S. and in Mexico have benefited tremendously under the rules of NAFTA,” he said after talks with his Mexican counterpart Jose Calzada during his first official trip to Mexico.

“We know, frankly, that U.S. manufacturing has not,” he added. “How we reconcile those two will remain to be seen.”

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