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New Zealand Tobacco Crop Climatic conditions in the past season were not the most favourable for the tobacco crop, states the eighth annual report of the Tobacco Board presented to Parliament. Shortage of experienced labour was" a major difficulty, and this was reflected in the quality of the leaf, particularly where inexperienced pickers were employed. Indications were that the area under tobacco would show a | considerable increase this year. | Wets For Whitebait Fishermen Judging by the number of whitebait nets that are being made in Westport, there should be a record number of fishers on the river banks when the season opens on August 1. Already small shoals of whitebait have been seen in the Orowaiti river and small creeks in the district, but so far, because of the flooded state of the Buller river at different periods during the month, there have been no sighs of the fish in that river. Churches' Conference The decision of the National Council of Churches to hold a conference on Christian Order in New Zealand in Christehurch at the end of August is most welcome, states an editorial in the "Outlook." The article states that [. there are many important public issues on which it is possible to achieve a common policy, and so much agreement has been reached already on so many important subv jects that unanimous decisions are expected on most, if not all of the ' questions. The findings of the conference will be published in twc ■ forms—a large volume which will < include the report of the decisions 1 and part of the dicussion, and i {' smaller popular volume which wil publicise the main points achieved

Decline In School Pupils

It was rather disturbing to find that the primary school population in Taranaki at the end of 1944 was lower, than 15 years ago, said the chairman of the Taranaki Education Board, Mr. W. H. Jones, in New Plymouth. At the end of last year there were 10,801 pupils attending schools under the board's control. !\n 1929 the figure was 11,980. "It makes you wonder why we need to keep on building more schools," commented Mr. Jones. Mr. T. T. Murray pointed out that this was a mechanical age and where there had been 40 or 50 men in the country there were now three or four tractors. Canada's Meatless Days In hotels and restaurants and other public eating-places throughout Canada, Tuesday and Friday have been established as meatless days. This is the first step in a Dominion-wide meat conservation programme, which is designed to reduce Canadian annual meat consumption from approximately' 147 to 130 pounds per capita, or about 12 per cent. Preparations - are now under way to re-impose consumer rationing by coupons. The basic ration will be one and one-third pounds per week. Poultry and fish are not included. Meat stocks in Canada are now little more than one-half of what they were a year j ago. The Dominion Bureau of Statistics reports that all wholesale meat in Canada on July 1 totalled approximately 58,000,0001b against 106,000,0001b a year ago. Pork, beef, veal, and mutton stocks are all lower. Tile greatest reduction is in mutton and lamb stocks, which totalled only 747,0001b on July 1, compared to 2,825,0001b a year ago. The primary . purpose of meat rationing is to . increase the meat supplied for the .'hungry peoples of Europe.

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NEWS OF THE DAY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945

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NEWS OF THE DAY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945

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