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Jan 17, 2017

* Brazil - TRUCKERS' PROTEST

* Mato Grosso - Truckers protest continues in Brazil's top grain state

--- A Brazilian truckers' protest entered its fourth day on Monday, preventing grain-carrying vehicles from taking a key road for soy and corn shipments in the state of Mato Grosso... The demonstration started on Friday as truck owners demanded greater compensation from commodities traders and transportation companies to transport soy and corn from the state to exporting ports in southern Brazil... The main harvest has just started in Mato Grosso, Brazil's No. 1 soy and corn producing state, where farmers are expected to collect 30 million tonnes of soybeans... Police said protesting truck drivers were stopping all trucks carrying grains at two points in the BR-364 road and asking them to park. The protest is not aimed at stopping flow of other vehicles... Road operator Rota do Oeste, controlled by Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht, confirmed that grain-carrying trucks are being parked on the side of the road, reducing the room for normal traffic... Abiove, the Brazilian association representing commodities traders and processors, and Aprosoja, a Mato Grosso farmers association, declined to comment... 
Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil - Reuters, by Gustavo Bonato/Marcelo Teixeira/Paul Simao -- Jan 16, 2017

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