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P.A. WELLINGTON, Thursday. The Minister of Marketing and Agriculture, Mr. Roberts, addressing the first annual meeting of the New Zealand Town Milk Producers' Federation, said that 27 milk marketing associations were recognised during the year and only two failed to operate. These associations delivered a total of 61,702 gallons daily. A subsidy of £65,000 was paid to the industry for the first six months, September to February inclusive, this being the difference between national prices and actual returns from vendors. It was estimated that a subsidy of £110,000 would probably be paid during the second six months, March to August inclusive. The total paid to the industry for the 12 months was estimated at not less than £170,000, being an average of 2.25 d a gallon.

The question of payment to the industry for school milk was one matter outstanding this year, said the Minister.

Mr. Roberts said the Government had decided that national town milk prices should remain tied to the guaranteed price for butterfat and that the formula announced last year whereby the standard price for milk of average 4.3 per cent test was fixed at 14.2 d a gallon on an at farm gate basis, would stand. Producer organisations were rendering valuable assistance to the Milk Marketing Division in the operation of the equalisation accounts, which were now an integral part of the national milk scheme. Consequently, from September 1, 1945, to August 31, 1946, an additional payment would be made to producer organisations on the oasis of one-eighth of a penny a gallon for all milk sold by an organisation directly to vendors and one-sixteenth of a penny a gallon in respect of milk sold by an organisation to treating houses.

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TOWN MILK SUPPLY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945

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TOWN MILK SUPPLY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945

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