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Tarn-et-Garonne farmers block motorway access

Protesters prevent access to entrances and exits to A20 near Montauban and A62 near Castelsarrasin

Farmers in the Tarn-et-Garonne have blocked entrances and exits to two motorways near Montauban in a second protest against plans to cut aid on agricultural land.

Tractors have blocked access to the A20 near Montauban, and the A62 at Castelsarrasin, about 30 minutes' drive away, in response to a call from the regional Fédération départementale des syndicats d'exploitants agricoles (FDSEA).

The blockades come after several days of negotiations on plans to remove several communes from the zones agricoles défavorisées list, that would mean subsidies and aid packages would be cut.

Last Wednesday, 1,200 farmers and nearly 130 tractors blocked the centre of the department's capital.

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