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Aecerding to a State official who ia in a position to speak with authority on the subjeot, there will be a considerable shortage of (arm labour with which to gather the next harvest, says the "Dominion" He e&ys there is not the slightest doubt that the farmers feer that shortage will result through the ex. odua of farm hands to the war. The oountry distriote have contributed heavily to our ex neditionary foroes, and so far as he knows the gaps in the ranks have noi been filled to any appreciable extent. So far as the Department of Agrioulture knows more men than ever will be needed for the coming harvest, as there is a greater extent ol land under crop now than there was in previous eeafons, ' The official considers that a ouetom of former years will have to be reverted to—all bands will have to work longer hours until the harvesting is done. Borne years ego, harvesters used to work while there was light to w«rk by, bat latterly their boura have been regulated and shortened. The view taken by the official ii that something ep.

proaohiog the dayligh till darti .-ystetu win bave to be again put into operation if the vast amount of food and crops in to be caved to the oonntry. It was pointed out, also, that during the recent agricultural conference mention was made of a scheme for 00 opcr. ating with the Public Works Department, which has a large number #f men employed on State undertakings It was indicated that it is considered fairly certain tbat something on these lines will have to be done if loss of crops is to be averted, for even if all the other available men work long honrs they may fail to cope with the harvesting task.

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OUR NEXT HARVEST., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3477, 23 July 1915

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OUR NEXT HARVEST. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3477, 23 July 1915

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