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SHIPPING PROBLEM

DISCUSSED BY FARMERS;

CHRISTCHURCH, April 23. At the meeting of the North Canterbury Executive of the Farmers';Unjs, ion this afterh&bn,' ayletter was^redd ■■% from the secretary of the Waiau * aimers' Union,, forwarding a. resolution from " that branch protesting againstthe unfair treatment New •Zealahdj •..-'; and particularly Canterbury, was receiving at the hands of the Shipping Controller. It was pointed' out that the scarcity of-insulated space and the; consequent ■congestion 'of " the works,. together'''-with the prolonged, .drought that had prevailed ' locally, made this unfair distribution of shipping acutely felt by the. 1 farmers. . .j.-V' The chairman (Mr D.'Jones) said he. .had called 4 meeting of farmers a .fortnight ago: in connection; with this ques- * tion, and as a result a communication had- beerr 1 sent to the Government. It was suggested that the . Corinthie,. which•■•■* had a loading capacity of 120,000 carcases of mutton, should „load entirely, in Canterbury. No reply had so far I been received, and he urged that ; they should write again, : 7a's they should, be given this' concession. There was stilL a lot of 1916 meat yet in store here. The letter from Waiau seemed to hayo some foundation. The position irt, Canterbury may .have improved slight- . ly, but buyers said'there was-still a ■ /ot of fat stock a;bout; Prices in consequence were very low 'indeed id what they should be. He moved that, they should, again urge the Government, toI allocate the' Coriiitliid,'for Canterbury | loading. „ - I. Mr Lill seconded- the motipn,' andt said that the f_i lanib season in the-^ North Island was heaijy over, but.it, waS still a serious matter'with them., 'here to get. the bulk of theii- lambs away. „ There was' very little;hope bE getting space, and he thought an opportunity should be given to. l,have those lambs still out frozen. „ ' ; .

The secretary said that after ■ the meeting of farmers the chairman had sent a very forcible letter to the Government. .; ' '•'

The motion, was carried

Mr K. Kippenberger said that they should consider! the feasibility of • persuading the Governme-t 6^t th© freezing works to. give weekly cleaiv ance reports so that they should koow where they were. „;■;,-; Mr Jones said what they wantea'-,to find out was whether the workV^ad any. space. _ _ Mi. Kippenberger replied that what, he aimed at was that the known capacity of the works should be given;, and. the actual quantity that was in them. at the end of each fortnight. Such also might be done with the\ wool.. The secretary- said Timaru had 'space, for a hundred thousand carcases at the' present time. '

Mr Lill remarked that some men, were making fortunes -out of other men's misfortunes up to from 4s to TQs out of .every lamb they bought. This was simply because they bad the space. Why should they be allowed to profiteer? ■'•■■' '■"' ■ ''" ''■'■'

Tlie chairman: Yes. the evil is there,' but -the remedy? ■'Mr .bill cited cases where profits nad been made in certain places. There must be abundance of space yet. Mr Kippenberger moved that they should request the Government.to compel ,the .freezing, works to n issue^'forfe nightly-I^!ep'of't's' showing.their total: capacity of storage, and . the: .actual', number of carcases in store. ■' . '

Mr Lill seconded the motion, which* was carried. ..

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SHIPPING PROBLEM, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9593, 24 April 1919

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SHIPPING PROBLEM Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9593, 24 April 1919

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