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" Mr Thomas Horton, the well-known 3 orchardist-of Hawke's Bay, speaks enthusiastically of the prospects for the sale of New Zealand apples in South America. Speaking to a Dunedin re porter of his recent visit to that part " of the world, he said: "Importers I interviewed were unanimous in declar--3 ing New Zealand apples to be superior y in colour, texture and quality to anye thing they get from any other part of >• the world This is proved by tbe fact that I got an order from one firm for 200,000 cases of apples, per annum for five years at Is 6d a case more than buy apples for in Tasmania. This I r consider a very big thing for the j" growers of thi3 country. The price,

y though,- was only obtained after, a very ti big fight. New Zealand will not be h able to fulfil tbe order this year,but B every case that can be shipped will be s shipped, and I am satisfied that it will s, not be more than two y9ars before we o shall produce sufficient to execute tbe ' order in full each year. Probably we c sbail be able to do a great deal more d than tbat. < onsidering. tbe large c number of trees that have been plant 8 ed during the last few years, I am satisfied it will not be very long before p we are able to export a million case 3 o per annum. lam so satisfied, in fact, c with the prospects there are for this s trade that I am certain that before i many years have pa?sed our apple ex port trade will become almost as valu- , fc able to New Zealand as the butter and , cheese industry is to it to day. I can 3 \with every confidence recommend r growers to increase their areas There r [is undoubtedly a big future before all ' growers of apples."

Mr Horton has still another trip in view. He hopes to leave in March next for Buenos Ayres with a comprehensive exhibit of New Zealand /* apples and pears. ( Recently Mr Horton visited Central'\7 Otago, although not for the first time, and his impressions of that district should be read with interest. "Every tfme 1 visit Ceutral Otago," he said, " 1 am more impressed with its possibilities. It stands eminently iuperior to any other district I know of for the ; production of apricots, It produces the finest frvit of" the kind that 1 have ever seen in any part of the world. Western Australia, I consider, produces the next best apricots in tha Southern Hemisphere. I am rather surprised that some capitalists have not launched out and established a drying or evaporating plant, so that our own dried apricots could be put on the market in place of those which we import from California, for instance. I think the principal varieties suitable , for the purpose are Morepark, Royal, jg Roxburgh Red and Mansfield, " 1 was rather surprised to find very few growers with any prunes in - their orchards, We import into thia\\ country a great quantity of this fruit every year, and with the hot dry seasons experienced in Central Otago prunes could be dried to perfection and a big business built up. " I noticed, on visiting some of the orchards at Central Otago, that a great many of the growers had planted new and untried varieties of apples. Some of these they are already dissatisfied with, and many have been cut off and re worked with old Btandard kinda of good commercial value. My advice to both old and new men in the orchard business is to leave the new varieties alone, and to confine themselves strictly ,to those commercial kinds which have been proved beyond all ~ doubt to be payable varieties V to grow, and which. are known :i in the markets of, the world. \ If there is to be any experi- - menting with new kinds, let the :. Government, or those who can afford ' * the time, do it. The varieties I re- \ commend are, first of all, Jonathan. - I believe there is more money in tbii, apple than in any other in the world. , Next to Jonathan, if the land and climate are suitable, I strongly recom- \, mend Cox's Orange Pippin. This ia J undoubtedly the finest quality apple, * and in the European market it often J : brings three times as much as any >;i other kind. Other varieties I recom- /( mend are Cleopatra, Munro'a Favour.-,: ite, Stunner Pippin and Sfcajman's ** Winesap; and for the Central Otago - district I would specially add the Yellow Newton Pippin, which is doing better there than in any other parts of New Zealand that I have visited. >'~< This variety I would not think of planting in Nelson, Hawke's Bay, or anywhere else in *ihe North."

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APPLES FOR EXPORT., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4368, 3 February 1914

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APPLES FOR EXPORT. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4368, 3 February 1914

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