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AN APPEAL TO FARMERS BY THE PRIME MINISTER.

EXTENSION OF CERIAL PRODUCTION DESIRED. " The following appeal has been issued fo the farmers of the Dominion by the Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture, the Right Hon. W. P. Massey, PO. (says the "Journal of Agriculture") : — "Speaking in the House of Representatives some days ago, I suggested that the farmers of the Dominion w N ould be doing good service to the Empire if they made arrangements to grow this season as much cereal pro duce as possible, and I now wish to ecapbasize the importance of this matter, and to appeal to farmers to do all in their power to put it beyond doubt that at the next harvest New Zealand will be able to do her share towards providing against the world-wide short age of breadstuffs tbat is only too likely to be experienced as a result of the great strife of nations that ia now in progress. It is quite possible r hat. if tbe war is prolonged it may be found that tbe fide -rossessiog tbe lar gest food supply will have a highly importarjfc advantage over its enemies, and as no one can foretell with any certainly whether campaigns conducted with the colossal armies of the prerenfc day will give decisive results, it may even happen that ample supplies of food will be the ultimate determining factor in the struggle. I need not add that if a general shortage of cereals does occur, farmers who have endeavoured to help their coun try by providing this class of produce may find that in serving the Empire's interests they have also served their own. I therefore ask the patriotic farmers—and that weans all the far mers of New Zealand who have suitable land—to at once put the neces- 1 saiy operations in hand, with a view 1 to growing as much as possible of, I wheat and oats, thus giving to the j Empire what may prove to be extremely valuable assistance.—W. P. Massey."

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AN APPEAL TO FARMERS BY THE PRIME MINISTER., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4427, 8 September 1914

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AN APPEAL TO FARMERS BY THE PRIME MINISTER. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4427, 8 September 1914

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