COOK ISLANDS FRUIT AND THE FRUIT REGULATIONS.
(From Our Own Correspondent.)
!•-'••■"" ■'' EABOTOSGA, 29th March. " -A mecfiM of .growers anJ sW PP ers ot 7 XSourtßbom.Aviirua on the even■trfthe 23rd March. The business was -L£Sew Zealand that took Inland wraHMt be admitted mto >ew S-*«ar the 31st March unless aemM by an Inspector* wrtiflcate 'j2».J«toof fmit-S.v was known to StTrithiii a mile of where the fruit S&igk Appointed out in previous fato-fi the-*"Star," such a certificate StfMsSt present be given, for Mr f_a,:the- inepect* of the Agricultural 'ftpaVtoent of Sew Zealand, now in lU.4otas", ia°* M * orted tliat a specles ° f fcSr, Mtaer the Mediterranean nor tie QMinsknd, was to be found in RaroH_ ! =Besident Commissioner; C-olonel Gmlgeon. informed the meeting that he lad received letters on the matter from jlr Eik, the Government Biologist, in Sfhieh Mr. Kirk adhered to his original idea that the certificates must accompany the irnit He (the Resident (.ommisBoner) had some sis months ago asked that an officer oi the New i Zealand Agricultural Department should he sent to Rarotonga ■srith the idea that snch inspector should examine the fnrit, and haviny p.issed it. that his certificat would eh final. Mr. Reid had been?i&l[. a__ _ad 3one good work. iirtieeoßMnotgiveacertificau; as fie Seir-'Zralana' authorites demanded iefore allowing the fruit to be landed in sew Zealajii .Ihere were two courses ■ open to shippers, either to ship no fruit whatsoever this month, and see what effect that would have, or to ship and take the risk of not having the fruit landed. He now thought the latter course advisable, and the local administration ■ronld give help in this manner. He SHald ask-Mr.-Beid to inspect tlie fruit tpi'tesMpped,. and then Mr. Re id could give certificates that the fruit was free from disease, eliminating the mile radius daase. If certificates were so given, it iniEt he understood that neither Mr. Keid nor the local administration took any rejponsilality.' It would be merely done iolielp shippers, who must take all th? fek. ; 25e#*Zealand was quite right to yralect itself against fruit pests, and ugfjras why he asked for an officer to hesfflttgßaTOtonga who could make the "■ecesary inspection. It was now for the .yjwfing'tb say what steps they would NjjkeT.-;.'• -* ■ -
the local manager for &"IhmnrSt«amship Company, informed fie meeting that his instructions wert Mt to accept fnlit unless accompanied fS ffftificate?' in aeeordanee with the gnMoiß. • However, be would accept »?i» If accompanied by a eertilicate as "ffisted.by the Resident Commissioner. |raii4ei-tKat'the Company were guaranMfc freight and expenses if the fruit R»abtallowed to be landed. a native shipper, was of Win.that no fruit should be shipped |Wf Zealand buyers wanted fruit, let wß.me.fof it.
Commissioner saiil that if *B§Wste shipped,then the fruit from fjenci Wandf, Kaiatea ami lluahine. WTirtually have the market. French jWiKU-allowed to land in Xesv Zealand !?»<wtifieat.es of wWcu no one kn <*w ffiralae.
Jfj-Stajpe, manager of the Cook laSiding Company, was of opinion «lt« would be a mistake to stop shipM -ft»t should only be done as a last
anTp ridge: manil 2 er * n r J. Kohn "»3 thought that the fruit Bliould «stored in the manner sugsested by \ taifcnt Commissioner. " J-fcfrtdy it was decided that individld3f PeR BhoUld d 0 a3 Mdl 11l ""* ll ' t shin* 1 *^*" c Europeans will generally Z&■'y-nei by certificates as stated tafet dent tommi= ? ionor. hut the in.*? ■ ? te *olved to ship no oranges "WW two months. stated tluU tlle troullle f; o r^? rd to oranges, as no certificate - - an inspector is required for bananas " Pne-Wples shipped in a green stale, of the Federal Council March an ordinance prorffcrit i xne inspection and fumigation tteT*7 Baroton gaby an ins-pei-tor of -w Zealand Agriculture Department. «PhS also for l!ie eradication WBtpests and diseases, was passed. is being sent to New Zea- •*-**»*¥ assent of the Governor.
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