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(To the Editor "Dominion") | Sir—A food deal is sometimes! heard as to* the contributions which | the dairy farmers of New Zealand i are making to the war funds. 1 think it only right that the public should be apprised of the true posi--11 At the beginning of the season tbe Now .Zealand Government comman- ■ deered one-third of the total cheese manufactured in New Zealand at the fixed price, throughout the season ot 7'i per lb. The average market price of cheese for the season will be It least to 9d per lb, so that the trZs al; each and all contributing up to one penny three iarthmgs per lb on their individual supplies, and this amounts to a considerable sum in the year. Many,of the larger suppliers will thus .be contributing from , 2150 to £250 during the season, and i in many cases even more than that. This will, I think, it must be admitted, compare more than favourably with the contributions of any other section of the business community, ■ and while I am on this subject, 1 ; should like to ask one or two ques--1 tions which 1 hope, sir, you will be 1 able to answer: (1) Was there any ; commandeering of Canadian or EngT lish cheese; if not, why not? (2) * Was there a fixed price put on the ■ commandeered meat, or is the meat 1 being paid for at market prices? Was 1 there any commandeering- of wool If 3 not, why not?—l t ' MANAWATU DAIRY FARMER, c . The above letter was submitted to s Mr R. Triggs, Assistant Public Serd vant Commissioner, who has charge [. of the Imperial Supplies Department With respect to the price of cheese, the statements made, he said, were correct; that is to say, the price has gradually, risen since the price was fixed but it is fair to assume the a commandeering of 'one third of the n season's output influenced the price h favourably; inversely, if the 15,000 tons had not been commandeered, the d price to-day was hardly likely to be 1- so high. Seeing that the price of 1- cheese during the pre-war season was in the, vicinity of per lb„ it was a question whether the difference between the Imperial price and to-day's c market price could be termed a con- " s tribution. No complaints had been rt received as to the price the Imperial Government was paying for its cheese

The Imperial authorities had not, as far as Jie knew, commandeered any of the Canadian output of cheese, but in the early stages of the war quantities had been bought in Canada at 6%d per lb., but lately it was understood that they had been, paying market ratps. Mr Trlggs did not know af any English cheese had been commandeered. Meat Prces. Regarding queston No. 2, Mi' Trlggs stated that the price, of meat was fixed at a conference attended by representatives of the Government, the freezing companies, the Board of Agrculture, the shippng companies, and the Farmer's Union. The prices so fixed are as follows :—

Wethers, Ist quality 721b. and under 4i.jd. Ist quality over 721b. 4*4 d, 2nd. quality 4%.: ewes, Ist qualty 721b. an[l under 411-.» I s V iiuaity over 721b. 3%., 2nd quality 3% 5 lamb, specally prime and Canterbury qualty, 421b. and under 5%, Ist quality 421b and under 5y 2 ., Ist qualty 421b and over 2nd quality S^d.; beef, prme ox 4%d second and heifer 4 boning (in quarters) 4d.; beef cow, prme 4 1 / a second 4d., boneless 5d.; mutton legs 5%d., shoulders 4%d., loins 41^

For meat in, freay.jng chambers prior to March 1, 1915, iin allowance of %d. per lb, was made to cover storage and Other Incidental expenses. The prces had been regarded as eminently satisfactory.

Answerng question No 3, Mr Triggs said that wool had not .been commandeered ; why, he was not in a. position to Pfty, "Dominion."

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OUR COMMANDEERED PRODUCE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3529, 21 March 1916

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OUR COMMANDEERED PRODUCE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3529, 21 March 1916

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