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Saturday, February 2

iWon / Reuters Peru farmers hope trade pact brings bumper crop: "This poor Andean nation says it is counting on nontraditional farm exports like asparagus, mangoes and grapes to complement its conventional crops including coffee, cotton, sugar, potatoes, rice, and corn. Agriculture accounts for around 8 percent of Latin America's seventh largest economy's gross domestic product (GDP) -- worth $54 billion at the end of 2000 -- but has been one of the hardest hit industries in a three-year slump." Agriculture has always gotten the shaft in Peru -- it's part of the system.

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