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Those of our readers who are engaged m the manufacture of dairy produce— nor only they, but also all those who have a just appreciation of the importance of that industry—will have read with great satisfaction that the Lyttelton Harbor Board has. upon the motion of Mr E. G. Wright, decided upon the erection of the buildings necessary to provide cool storage accommodation at the Port. We have frequently insisted that every encouragement should be accorded to an industry so admirably suited to our soil and climate, and have again and again pointed out that it cannot fail to attain to very large dimensions. That our view is a correct one is amply borne out by the figures contained m the Dairy Produce report of the Local Industries Committee of last session, which showed that m ten years the export has increased nearly twenty-fold, the totals being-—IBBO, butter 217cwt, cheese 717cwt; 1889, butter 37,955c\vt, cheese 26,558cwt, while the present year (1890) promises to double the figures of 1889, the export for the first six months having totalled no less than 24,021cwt "of butter, and 26,668cwt of cheese. The evidence taken before the Committee was very voluminous and exceedingly valuable, ranging over the whole subject of the best methods of manufacture, of packing and forwarding, and will, we hope, be widely circulated by the Government m pamphlet form. Among other things it was clearly shown that, given due care m all these particulars, prime New Zealand made butter can be delivered m London m good condition, and that fo| such an article something like 100s per cwt can be obtained. But it was further shown that many parcels of butter, well-made and well-packed, and carried m suitable vessels, have, nevertheless, arrived m London m a con dition so unsatisfactory as to be only saleable as grease, solely owing to the butter having been exposed to a high temperature while awaiting shipment. As a consequence one of the points specially insisted upon by the Committee was the necessity of providing cool storage at the ports of shipment. This should be done at Invercargill, at Dunedin, at Lyttelton, Wellington, and Auckland, and now that Lyttelton has led the way, it is to be hoped that the other principal ports will follow suit. The necessary facilities thus provided at the ports of shipment, it will remain only for producers to exercise due care m making and packing to ensure that a first-class •rticle shall be forwarded to the Home consumer, with the certain result of an expansion of the export to figures ten times greater than those which will represent the export of this article for the current year. j

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COOL STORAGE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2527, 25 September 1890

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COOL STORAGE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2527, 25 September 1890