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The Colony's Exports.

Wool, Bu'ter, and Hemp Ircre-ising, Meal-, Gaul, CU-.-c".:^, and PoLatoe;; ii>>;ed^g Som -i Co m i:) ari ?. on.. Tr.ts Kf-uv Z^(il;>P-.i D^artmorit of Af»rioultnrp lias !:<<•'ly in-vi'.iitorl ;i ves'isi'.m <>' vtrj'st'iQ.-, nut) rh'/i first Ijuli^tiii i« now cv. r«nrin^ t!in uasm uf E. H. BiH'lokin noiiipiltir'of It de>n.':< with th« ri(-cade fmm \btyi and 1905 ntH treats of 'Xptirt?, area ot ibo colony, liol^iii^s, tofc>i] nYHHt in the Oi'lony m c./rn, puisa crops, and s;ieen or'p.-, to.Hi ai>>;x?, in v.ultirat'.on hH!> oocupation, yields actual and per aire, and number of 3toak ia the coloii.T. IVozen he^i vi the vduo ot' jC29,071 whs eNiimt'rid in 1890, Ihn -Wdi^ht; b'<i;ji/ 2^,240 cwh The figure-, of the year ene'ed March 3!, 1S)O", inareased to X1!:i2,404 ond 159,13:'. ewfc. Tho records fcr 1903 were hig'-ier still: and 281/iOl- cwt. There was a drop iv lOO'l ft ml nnothor in 1905. A corres;;on<Jing decline is shown in mutt 'U ca'C.-stM for the samo periods, the 1903 H.our-'s bwncr t,51(j,595 n.ud 1,2fi3.442 nwr ; tho 1 c for 1904 were £1,453,52'! and 1,1.49.404 cwt., and (hoso for 1905 £1,291,005 and 942,215 cwi;. In re^rd {o logs and pieces the falling oil is even more noticeable. In 1903 t!io vr.lue was £107,927 and the weight 90,6!);) cwfc; in 19 4 the recjrds had sunk to £5i,325 and 44,203 cwt, a:id in 1905 the c hp.d been a diminution to £32,795 and 23,288 cwfc. Exports of lamb during the sarue periods display shrinkages of a fr>w thoiu-aud hundredwtii ; <hts, bui; thf euhar>otid values of the yop.r !a-:ri closed resulted in a inonotary s'aluo return (£\, 123,1 lz) that eclipsed the previous hebt record by ovtr forty thousand pounds sterling. Tbe valuo of butter exports oxcfloded a million ptoriinjf in 1903 ; in 1904 tho returns wero and in the yet>r closed ilarch olsv. lruil; a million and a ha f was exaocdwti (i 21,514,15().) Cheese, howover, fall away by comparison with the 1901- record, the respective figures beins.' £206,870 and £180,874, Wool is still our staple product, find it is noteworthy that; during the last three years not values have s-hown decided increase, wbilo bulk exports have shown decided shrinkages. This, of course, is duo to the enhanced values lately ruling for the commodity. Iv 1903 we exported J 66,561,1541b, and received as p-iymeiit £3,924,484. In 1904 the export record was lowoied to 155,710,043 ib, but the money return rO3O to £4,522,726. In 1905 our export sank to 148,467,9(591 b, but the values leaped to £3,350,193, exceeding easily the colony's p.evions best record of £4,719,282, achieved in 1900. ilemp in slill on the upgrade. Q'iantitios and Vi-luea exported ln^b year wore both in advance of all previous figure?. By way of comparison the figure.* for 1896 an.l 1905 mi»y with advantage be quoted: — 1896—2457 tons, £27,50S -.-ilue. 1005—28,209 tons, £730,803 value. The potato export has sh-uck in the last few years to something approaching vanishing point. Iv 1898 this branch of export increased considerably. Iv that year 7880 tons, valued ftt £21,077, wera shipped away, Next year famine prices prevailed in Australia, as a result of which 22,9.:)3 were freighted oversea, and a return of £142,207 was secured. Thereafter the export subsided in bulb, but the yearly records ranged between 25.00Q tons and 90,000 tons until two years ago, whan the export fell away to 12,635 tons. Last year these low figures fell to 9722 tons, and, seeing that ' the Rroa of laud hi potato cultivation this yoar is the lowest ever rucorded in the ten years last past, added to which is the t'.>ct that potatoes aro already scarce in toe colony, the probability is that this year's exports will not reach four figures. The grain crops oi: the colony fell sway considerably, save in the case ot'whoafc, and tho net values realised aro nu'ch ho'ow previous years. There were 551,799 bush c's of wheat, exported, which returned £84,935. In 19i'4 the respective figures weie 20ti,8i2 bushels and £47,483. In 1903 tbe returns were very much lowor still, but in the three years 1900-3 they were reckoned by hundredc oil thousands of pounds. Last year's export of oats was less than half tho quantity exported in 1904, the respective value* bein# £184,953 and £418.493. Barley tilso shrank considerably the L9i's figures being £12,1<12 aud those /or loot £19,904. An exceptionally interesting table concsrns the value of total, exports of Now Zealand produce and manufivitores. It is cati&r'actory to note that tho total receipts for last year topped all previous rcco.ds. A reproduction of the ton yews' record b given thus —1896, £0,15«,831; 1897, £8,976,075; Ih9f,, £10, 05'J.8v7; 1.^99, £H),OJS,7S9; 19U0. £12,782, 639; 1301. £12,H18,26T;1902, £11,973,490; J903, £J8,0'3,098; 1904, £15,157,464; 1905, £15,381,330. 'iherrf are many other items in the bulletin, not dealt with in this article, that aro worthy of perusal, «t.nd study by farmors and economists.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6586, 2 June 1905

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The Colony's Exports. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6586, 2 June 1905