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The agriculture ministry has decided to selectively allocate its subsidies for vegetable-growing districts that are making efforts to increase production efficiency, ministry officials said Saturday.

The new policy to be introduced in fiscal 2007 will urge farmers to strengthen their competitiveness in the face of growth in imports of lower-priced farm products, according to the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry

Under the current system, the ministry supplies subsidies equally to vegetable-growing farmers via agricultural organizations when market prices slip below certain levels.

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