The Akaroa Mail SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 1915. THE WHEAT PROBLEM.
Mmv people in New Zealand are com plainiog of tbe price of wheat and complaining that the Government should have imported wheat from Canada on better terras. It appears
tbat New Zaaland obtained Canadian wheat at a lower pric6 than Victoria, ho that wo cannot complain of the Gi'vertnnem's action What is re quired in New Zt-alaud is a larger area to be pown in wheat, and then we should t@ more self supporting. Writing on tbe question of the price of wheat the "Dominion" says;=rDespite tha fact tbat Australia is one of the principal wheat-growing countries of tbe world, tbe bread problem is as acute in most of the States as in New Zealand, Victoria has al I ready been obliged to import, and tbe i Government has secured cargoes from America aggregating 1,800,000 bushels, Mr Maseey importsd his Cana-1
diiio wheat at 6*i 3d, but the pricp ; paid by Victoria will be about 8a 2d. iTbe wheat imported by the Victorian 'Government will be sold to tbe millpip a 7-i 81, ;i loss of sixpence per bushel. It was worked out tbat the piic would mean a reduc'ion of tbe pricp •if flour from £18 to £17 per ton, and it, is stipulated that the price of noy.d *biiil not exceed nioepence for be four pound loaf. Tbe fignre*show tbnt our own Gouerntripnt bus trndu a ho*tar barpain wi'b the ■ lima >ban the GovtM-nrn.-ni ,-f V*** 0' ia h<\H done.