PRICE OF BUTTER
OPEN MARKET WANTED
NEW PLYMOUTH, April 14. A deputation of representatives of dairy factories conferred with the Minister of Agriculture to-day, regarding the butter equalisation fund, pointing oat that Australia, who sold outright, received a gift of 19s, while New Zealand producers only got 17s, making 1745, whereas the British Government sold for 2525. The price- of butter was fixed locally at Is 5d per lb, local consumers could do the same. The Minister replied that he had nothing to do with the sale by the Imperial Government. Regarding the equalisation fund, all P butter factories except two agreed to it. ' Last year and all this year the sale was fixed by the Butter Committee and not the factories. He was confident that, in two years' time they would be satisfied that a two years' coiitract was no hardship. Neutral countries had got higher prices, but they were under no -obligation to the flag. The 'Minister promised to place the matter before the Hon. D. H. Guthrie. Mr Buchanan, the spokesman, asked for a release for the second year so as "%o go into an' open market. The Minister questioned the wisdom of that course, and doubted that the butter factories would agree. Mr Buchanan replied that lie would call a meeting when assured of cancellation.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9587, 15 April 1919
PRICE OF BUTTER Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9587, 15 April 1919
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