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60,000 members of Mexican farming association angry after Trump's moves

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A Mexican farming association says its roughly 60,000 members are growing increasingly angry at debate over U.S. President Donald Trump's border wall between Mexico and the USA.

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Mexico is the USA's third largest trading partner, supplying $21 billion worth of agricultural products in 2015, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Representing mostly small and medium-sized farmers, the National Association of Rural Commercialization Enterprises (ANEC) is a major farming body in Mexico.

Executive director Victor Suarez told ABC Rural the border wall had brought a number of simmering tensions in rural Mexican communities about migration, trade and agricultural policies to the surface.

"We are very annoyed. We are angry. We are very angry against Trump, but at the same time against our Government."

Farmers in the United States, especially horticulture producers, are highly reliant on temporary labour during harvest and packing time.

The peak body for California's roughly $3.5 billion citrus industry, California Citrus Mutual (CCM), is hoping the Trump Administration can reform the migration system without actually building a wall.

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