TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—A discussion through the medium of your paper by the growers of cocksfoot on Banks Penicsu'a as to the pricee obtainable for that commodity would not come amisp, and might lead to some scheme whereby concerted action by the farmers would propound some scheme that would put them on the footing of asking and obtaining that payable price that cocksfoot is retailed at by the middlemen, who, to»day, get more profit out of it than the farmers themselves, When we take into consideration that last year the general price obtainable for seed by the growers was 3|d per lb, and that this seed, after being machine dreesed, was retailed to the farmers in the North Island at 9d per lb, it looks as if we farmers are behind the times in our method of disposing of our commodity True, as the agents or their firms will point out, the Home market rules the price of seed to a great extent, as it does oth r New Zea« j land products, and we have to admit that throughout the pa u t year Home market quotations were very low ; in fact, for a time, we could not better the prices obtainable here, but the reason for this was that owing to the high pricee ruling for seed two or three years ego back, it was fourd profitable to grow seed throughout different parts of Europe. But wifct! high priceH of land, with small hoidiDgs, and dense populations, the cocks, foot industry on the Continent is not a pay* ing concern at the prices iuling throughout the past tea on, and we already see a rise in cablegram quotations through a short supply.
Ko, with a brightening prospect of the London market, and with the usual demand from Australia and the North Island and the prospect. of a email harvest for 191-1, the farmers have the remedy in their own hands if they will avail themselve3 of it. The best I method of ecpiDg with the market for the coming season deaervea very serious thought, so that as soon as possible (it is too late to do anything in the matter this season) be has been suggested to me, the seed growers should form en association and unite in demanding a payable price for their seed and help out those who have to sell almost as soon as the market open'), to pay their rents, overdraft, or wages, and thereby forming the basis of sales, Only by combination of the whole of the seed growers can we hope to better the condition of cocksfoot sales, and re establish a waniDg industry.—l am, etc., FARMER.
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COCKSFOOT GROWERS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4369, 6 February 1914
COCKSFOOT GROWERS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4369, 6 February 1914
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