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 The Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr René
 Steichen, today announced the imposition of quantitative limits on
 garlic imports into the EU from China.

 Announcing the decision Mr Steichen said that this action is
 necessary in view of the substantial increase in garlic imports from
 China in recent times which presents a serious threat to the
 livelihoods of over 50,000 farm families in the EU who are directly
 dependant on garlic production.

 Imports of garlic from China during the Jan-Nov. 1993 period
 amounted to 21,951 tonnes, i.e. an increase of 121% over the same
 period of 1992 and of 254% compared to the average for the same
 period during the years 1988-1990.

 The limit is to be established at 10,000 tonnes for the period up to
 31 May 1995, of which a maximum of 5,000 tonnes may be imported
 before 31 August 1994.

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