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AUCKLAND, February 23. 1 Fruitgrowers from all parts of the North Island, attended the sevenjth annual conference of the New Zealand Association of Nurserymen which opened this morning. The president, Mr Alfred L. F. McDonald, in opening the proceedings, observed that the Association had made progress all , along the line, both the membership and the bal-ance-sheet being satisfactory. On the subject of the formation of district councils in the various centres the president said that since the last conference a district council had been launched in Auckland to deal with purely local matters. There was no reason why 'there should not be councils in Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Hastings, Napier and New Plymouth or Wanganui. It would then be possible to hold interchangeable conferences. He suggested that jthe next conference, should be held in Palmerston North. The executive's annual report stated that a net gain of five members during the year had brought up. the list _of associated nurserymen in the Dominion to over 80. Notwithstanding strong recommendations to the Government, proceeded the report, it had been found impossible during the year to get the necessary amendments made' in the various Acts to enable the registration of nurseries to be effected under the regulations mutually agreed upon with the Agricultural Department. Next year he hoped to see definite action taken in the matters of establishing a certificating board, standardising the names of fruits, establishing standard grades for trees (with a view to securing equal prices for equal values in nursery stock) and the setting up of local nurserymen's councils in all centres possible. The questions immediately concerning the executive were (a) the cost of production in relation to retail prices, and (b) the problem of the credit trade. The conference proceeded* to elect officers as follows: —President, Mr W. S. Johnston (Ponsonby); vice-president, Mr G. J. Mackay; committee, Messrs D. A. Hay, F. Bennett, W. W. Gliddon Richardson, E- Allan and W. I. Lippiatt; honorary secretary and treasurer, Mr G. A/'Greenj- auditor, Mr W. W. Gliddon Richardson. The district vice-presidents were re-elected with the addition of Messrs jE..'l. O. Gibbons (Ohristchurch), A. Thompson (Gisborne), J. Nimmo, G. Howdenland S.; Cousins (Otago). " £■' A long discussion followed on the subject of grading, nursery stock upon a remit from the executive recommending the conference to adopt the American Nurserymen's Association's definition varied as New Zealand conditions demanded. In the course of the discussion it was suggested that the vicepresidents in the different districts should be asked to give their views on the matter. Mr T. W. Kirk (Director of the orchards division of the Department of Agriculture) with other speakers strongly urged that there should be some system of grading trees. Mr D. A. Hay attributed the necessity for grading to the inferior trees sent out by Australian nurserymen. The conference decided to endorse

the principle of grading and formea a, committee with power to act, which will communicate with, the.various centres land subsequently report the recommendations!

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THE NURSERYMEN'S CONFERENCE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8802, 24 February 1914

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THE NURSERYMEN'S CONFERENCE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8802, 24 February 1914

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