A large attended meeting of farmers representing the district from Rangi •vabia to Raetibi last week discussed he Califomian thistle question. All present agreed on the necessity for the i-eraoval of the present restrictions. Dis cussion centred round the question of either its entire removal from the Act or a transfer to the third schedule, thus giving each local body control. Freehold farmers of long stadding were emphatic in asserting that the Califom "an 'Vo'!o v.-ia <-"!*, iLui ycsi feared, and staled men- intention to refuse to to cut it in future, Others spoke of the advantage of the thistle as feed during tbe last dry peason. Ii; was stated that, contrary to expectation, tbe seed carried by tbe wind did not germinate like Scotch thistle seed Experience in tbis district is tbat the weed is fast disappearing where once tbere was a thick growth owing to in ability to resist a strong grass growth. Eventually the following resolution was unanimously adopted:—"That the representative meeting of settlers from from Rangiwabia to Raetibi unanit_o isly declare after rome years' experience that they consider consider Califomian thistle should be trans* ferred from tbe second to tbe third
schedule of tbe Noxious Weeds Ac * A strong deputation, representative < § the district?, was appointed to wait tjj the Minister of Agriculture in support of the resolution.
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CALIFORNIAN THISTLE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3451, 20 April 1915