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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Almaty Import Quotas Start Jan. 11

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Kazakhstan is gearing up to introduce limits on food imports from key trading partner Russia starting Jan. 11 in an attempt to shelter domestic producers, the prime minister's office said in a statement Tuesday.

The limits, agreed between Kazakh Prime Minister Nurlan Balgimbayev and his Russian counterpart, Yevgeny Primakov, late last month, had originally been expected to come into effect Jan. 5.

"From Jan. 11, 1999, the Republic of Kazakhstan will introduce temporary limits on the import of a number of food products from the Russian Federation," the statement said.

Russian goods are already becoming increasingly scarce on markets in Almaty, making it hard for shoppers to find good processed meat and dairy products.

The statement said it was now up to Kazakh producers to improve their operations and boost output.

Kazakhstan plans to maintain restrictions for at least six months.