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10,000 TONS FROM AUSTRALIA P.A. WELLINGTON, Friday. "Arrangements, have been made by the, Internal Marketing Division for the importation of 10,000 tons of potatoes from Australia," said the Minister of Marketing, Mr. Roberts, to-day. Mr. Roberts said that up to February last there was every indication that the potato crop this year would be a record one for many years past, but from mid-February onward the principal potato-growing areas in the South Island, on which New Zealand is almost entirely dependent for supplies during the winter months, had suffered very severely from floods and blight, and following this damage further continued bad weather had delayed digging to such an extent that crops had suffered progressive deterioration. Potatoes available during the past three months bad been barely sufficient to meet the requirements of the consuming public in the North Island, and supplies which it had been hoped to give to the Allied forces in the Pacific had been very drastically reduced. The Government had been keeping a close check on the position with regard to supplies available for the balance of the season, and on the latest reports received a decision was made to import 10,000 tons from Australia. When the supplies ar-. rived the Government would arrange distribution through ordinary merchant and trade channels.

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SUPPLIES OF POTATOES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 165, 14 July 1945

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SUPPLIES OF POTATOES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 165, 14 July 1945

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