AN UNPROFITABLE INVESTMENT..
Xt the A, ' and J\ Association's Committee meeting on Saturday, .an account of ,C 6 from the Depaitment of Agrieuituie for looking artei- the ex- ' perimental plot of lucerne ou tlie A.. and I. Grounds came as a complete biupi i-st» to m*^nbers. < Mr J. Bruce said he understood that this plot was purely a IDteparunental venture, and that the experiment/ wa* being carried out for the benefit of the Comity. Li oho Department were, not out to assi.-vt the farming community in * a moie reasonable way it had better leave matter* alone. Mr F. Frampfcon .stated that he had an idea that the Association would b&< expected to pay for the work done by the, Department. « ' iMr J. Coiv, at the request of a. member, then read out the individual items of the account, one. item including the wages for two men and weighing the- lucerne, the operation taking two da\s. Sir Cow said he could have eaten the lot of it in ijha-t^time. (Laughter). All 1 G. Millor asked whether they had cut it with a pair of sci».«cn"s? (Renewed laughter). Mi Coy then .stated that if every fanner smarted, to glow lucerne on'the- ■ hame^ba^is of the A. and P. plot experiment, lie would be in the poorhouse bi'iore he went very far. > ]\lr C. .Reid then explained that it was understood that Mr Maepherson, of the Department, agreed to care for the plot for the first period, but had asked to be pa>d for the work la*>t year. Ho (Mr Reid), on behalf of the Asso- r ciation, in the presence of the secre--taiy, had agreed that the Association would pay i'oi the labour for the year.
Mr S. "Wilson protested regarding. , the class of labour employed in", this., work, and said he also had ■ had it un-' der . observation in. other Government* lucerne plots. Mr Cow said they had not been told' by the Department what .the plot was producing, and he considered that thisinformation shoiild be ■ available for members.
Mr W. Oakley agreed with Mr Cowr* that they should- know the results and 1 returns from the plot.
The Secretary explained that twelve months ago they had received a statement from the Department, The matter of paying the account was then referred to the Grounds Committee. ' ,
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LUCERNE PLOT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9607, 12 May 1919
LUCERNE PLOT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9607, 12 May 1919
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