Mexican president visits Reynosa

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The newly sworn in Mexican president visited Reynosa on Friday afternoon to meet with business leaders and local officials, where he explained new reforms that would impact the pocketbooks of residents living in cities along the border.

Cities along the border are now beginning to take advantage of higher wages and lower sales taxes. But some in the Tamaulipas agriculture industry are worried a lowered federal budget could hurt them when competing with U.S. farmers.

A farmers’ union for northern Tamaulipas says they expect farming costs to rise.

"Our finances as farmers would be impacted,” said Agustín Hernández Cardona, President for the Agriculture Union for north Tamaulipas. "Each farmer will be impacted, and with lowered subsidies, there won't be buying or selling for commercial agriculture in Tamaulipas."

According to the Mexican Secretariat for Agriculture and Rural Development, area farmers will be receiving a $400,000 decrease from last year.

In 2018, area farmers in Tamaulipas received a total of $3,707,603 from the federal government. This year, farmers will be receiving $3,347,142.

The farmers union says every bit counts to help pay for things like diesel and subsidies for the sorghum and corn industry.

Although the farmers’ union was unable to meet with President López Obrador, the group will be working with the agriculture secretariat to discuss budget concerns.

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