The Victorian Legislature, on the initiative of Mr Duncan Gillies, the Freetrade Premier, enacted that a sum of £233,000 per annum should be paid by the State for the development of the minor agricultural industries. Under the regulations drafted by the Department of Agriculture, and adopted by the Government, it is provided that £100 shall be paid to those who can show an average weekly conversion of 500 gallons of milk into cream or butter for a year, and that for each ad ditional 100 gallons so converted £5 extra shall be allowed, but no person is to receive more than £300 m the case of a butter factory, and £200 m that of a creamery. For fruit cultivation a grant of £3 per acre will be givsn, under certain conditions. £2 per acre for vine planting. £40 per ton will be paid to those who manufacture insecticide powders, lcl per lb on butter sold m the London market at 7d to 9d per lb, 2d on all sold at lid, and 3d on all sold at Is per lb. A bonus nf 2s per case will be laid on all green fruit shipped, and a large variety of other industries receive a like attention. The Department is authorised to expend £10,000 on the importation of new varieties of seeds and plants, which will be available for distribution throughout the colony. Experts will be employed to to carry out this work. £15.000 is to be given m bonuses to encourage the planting of forest trees of an economic character.
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Victorian Enterprise., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2525, 23 September 1890
Victorian Enterprise. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2525, 23 September 1890
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