THE SUGAR QUESTION
Mr Jalea Joabert writes •■ follow* to the Daaiain " Bt»r" :— Oonildering tjurt the Provlaoa of Otago, nnder proper and Intelligent tillage, oould become within twelve months fodepeadent from forelga Importation, I marvel to Baa that togar ihonld be procured from other par *■ "of the word. 1 find that within the last twelve montha 12,000 tom of Vagar hare paid doty m Danedln alone— that quantity of sugar has aaaaed £360,000 of hard obbq to be seat oat of the proviaoe— »ad that there are 104,093 acres of land undei whett « op alone In Otago, /If! the fiftnen who oaltivale the snid land pat la « orop of SllesUa beet, whloh coald readilj be matured between the wheat oropi<-> admittlog tha>. the yield of ingat ta|*«ken i»t the very lowest avenge of two tons per aore— lt [would pvodaoe 208,180 torn of sag*r annually, and supply New Zealand and Australia with a commodity whloh it promoted by heavy » duty, freight, eio* a bpsides keepioß In the country the large aom of money now sent abroad. <I qtay •dd that the mode of treating beetroot- le oow an easy matter, and the oaftarffor plant, maohlaerv, and oklled labor wioalbl not oost £20.000
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