On Wednesday (states the "Otago Daily Times") a deputation from the Otago millers met -Messrs Stewart, §tatham, Sidey and Walker, M.P.'s, *tn conference, to discuss the position which lias arisen in connection with the Government purchase of New Zealand wheat. The Government fixed a flat rate of 6s 6d a bushel f.o.b. for all sound wheats, and the natural result has been that growers have chiefly devoted their attention to heavy yielders. .The fact that out of 537,274 bushels threshed up to March 31, Tuscan runs into 416,801 bushels, and Hunter and Pearl into 107,000 bushels, fully bears s. out what tho Minister of Agriculture Was warned would happen when he adopted the flat rate. Under Grdinary circumstances Pearl and Velvet wheats can always be expected to realise more than Tuscan, as they are of a better quality for milling. As the position now stands Dunedin millers are able to purchase sufficient quantities of Tuscan, but cannot secure the requisite . quantities Velvet or Pearl necessary for mixing. Moreover, the Minister lias decreed that so far as the Oamaru district is concerned, the millers there are to have the -first offer of the Velvet .grown in that locality. The Dunedin millers therefore requested the local M.P.'s to take steps to endeavour to secure them a fair proportion of Velyet wheat, or that, on the other hand, a further shipment of Australian, wheat should be sent to Dunedin. The Otago millers recently obtained permission to purchase several thousands of bushels of Australian wheat from a Government cargo which arrived in Auckland but this cost them 2d a bushel extra to land. They complain that their requirements might easily have come direct from Australia, and that the purchase of wheat and its distribution by the Minister have again been badly bungled by the Minister. The members have agreed to give every assistance in obtaining some relief for ti_p Dunedin millers, and have sent a telegram to Wellington explaining the position.
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WHEAT PRICES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9580, 7 April 1919
WHEAT PRICES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9580, 7 April 1919
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