400 BAGS CONDEMNED
AFFECTED BY WEEVIL
Because a proportion of the shipment was affected by weevil, 400 bags of kumaras from Fiji have been condemned by the Department of Agriculture, and at present lie on an Auckland wharf awaiting shipment back to the islands.
An initial shipment of 102 bags of kumaras consigned to the Internal Marketing Division arrived at Auckland, but was sent back owing to the presence of weevil, which, it is stated, attacks only kumaras, and which might dq severe damage, particularly in the North Island, if it were allowed into the country. Contending that only a small percentage of the produce was affected, the consignors returned the bags to Auckland with 300 more bags. Officers of the Agricultural Department and the Department of Scisntific and Industrial Research thoroughly examined the entire shipment and had no hesitation in rejecting it all.
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ISLAND KUMARAS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 168, 18 July 1945
ISLAND KUMARAS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 168, 18 July 1945
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