We do not hold ourselves responsible for the opinions expressed by our correspondents. To the Editor. Sir, —I noticed in your commercial article in a recent issue some very good suggestions as to the West Coast trade, and the amount of business done by Melbourne firms with the merchants of Greymouth, Hokitika, and Westport in an article which the farming districts of our own colony should certainly be able to supply, viz., chaff for horse feed. This is no new thing, for the chaff trade, like a good many more things, has been almost a mdhopoly for the Victorians for many years past. Although it seems strange that Canterbury farmers and ship owners cannot compete with Victorians, but such is the case, and the reason why is one which does not require much search to explain. The Melbourne chaffcutters do their work in a very much superior fashion to our local ones. More attention is paid to saving the straw, and the packing and baling is performed in a neat and convenient form, and the chaff is cut into very short lengths so that there is absolutely no waste in feeding horses. More than this the owners of the Melbourne vessels Lading to the Coast cany chaff at less than half the rates charged hence, so that with a superior article, at as low ' . a price there is little to wonder at why jSi|eatnsters should prefer the foreign article. It is very much to be regi etted that our farmers do not again try to make a market for themselves in this direction, as the quantity used on the Coast is very large,
and I am confident if a good article was exported that a profitable trade could be opened up. 1 am, Ac., West Coahtek.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, 25 October 1879
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