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Chinese officials push farmers into garlic

Growers rush to plant crop as provincial government subsidies add to bubble fear

Supermarket prices of garlic have risen in Beijing. (Photo by Major Tian)

BEIJING -- Chinese local government officials are encouraging farmers to diversify into garlic to correct supply shortages that have nearly doubled prices this year. But fears are growing that the growth policy will lead to a glut, followed by a crash in prices, as the market repeats a pattern seen in pork and other foods.

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