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Mr G. M. Thompson, M.P, '[? strongly of opinion that an experi mental farm on the lines of that at Ruakura should be established in the South Island. Speaking of bis recent visit to tbe Waikato institution to a "Dominion" reporter, Mr Thompson said that excellent work was beiDg done by Mr Primrose M'Connell and his assistants. '-There i 3 great de mand for agricultural instruction in this country, especially in the Norfcb Island," added Mr *t hompaon, "but while each distriot is crying out for the establishment of an agricultural college or high school in its midst, hero ia an establishment already in existence where excellent practical training is being given. It ia not on the somewhat expensive lines of the i Lincoln Agricultural College, which is doing such good work in the South Island, but it is a good training school for lads of Bmall means, and with a comparatively inexpensive addition to its equipment could be made very ef fective for the training of 40 or 50 lads on good lines. The experimental work alone is very valuable and suggestive to the lads. In connection with the departmental management, it seemed to me that there was too much control in certain directionsby thecentral office The superintendent should have a freer band than he ba3 at present in the matter, for example, of securing casual labour in the way of employing extra bands without applying to the Public Hervice Commissioners. Ly tbe time they would dual with tbe application the need for the spfcial assistance would be gone. This is no doubo neCßsaary for permanent em ployeeß, but it ih quite absurd for tbe casual labour sometimes required on a farm. In tbe interests of good man sgement and economy the superintendent should have a certain amount of liberty to employ such labour as he considers essential in times of urgency. At tho time of my visit, owing to the extremely broken weather, there was Deed for more labour to cope with the crops, which urgently required to be cut, Men could easily have been ob tuned for a few days at a time, but tha superintendent had no power to employ them except at his own risk,"

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RUAKURA EXPERIMENTAL FARM, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4368, 3 February 1914

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RUAKURA EXPERIMENTAL FARM Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4368, 3 February 1914

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