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The fight for markets for primary produce would begin again after the war, and New Zealand would have to get into the arena and be ready to fight, said Mr. A. Rowlands, general manager of W. and R. Fletcher, Ltd., speaking yesterday at Westfield, where the annual Auckland provincial baconer -competition was held. Anything the N.Z. farmer could do now to.increase production would establish the Dominion's right to a bigger share of ppst-war trade. New Zealand had a great advantage in the enormous by-products from her dairy factories which, to a large extent, were now being allowed to go to waste. Mr. Rowlands said he did not think any other country would allow such valuable by-products to go "down the drain."

The biggest thing that New Zealand could do for Britain was to give her food market a regular service. Deliveries of meat and dairy produce should arrive in Britain on time and in the best condition with clockwork regularity. The country produced the best lamb, the best butter and the best beef in the world, and now it had been shown that it could produce the best pig meat. Mr. Rowlands, who has just returned from an extended trip abroad, emphasised the seriousness of the food shortage overseas. Food, he said, was a "red-hot" subject everywhere. He had been hungry all the time he was in London, but did not complain, because nobody else did. A meat dish in restaurants in. the United Kingdom comprised a lot of vegetable and very little meat. The man in the street had fared poorly and was hungry all the time. It would take two years to straighten out the food situation in London even if the Japanese war terminated at short notice. Anything - that New Zealand could do to help would be appreciated. .

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COMING FIGHT, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 167, 17 July 1945

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COMING FIGHT Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 167, 17 July 1945

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