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P.A. WELLINGTON, Wednesday

Regret that the industry had turned down the crop insurance scheme, was expressed by the Minister of Marketing, Mr. Roberts, at the opening of the New Zealand Fruitgrowers' Federation conference to-day. The £25,000 yearly set aside to assist uneconomic fruitgrowers might have formed the nucleus of a storm insurance fund, he said.

Referring .to marketing, Mr. Roberts said the Government's policy was to remove speculation from the man on the land's produce and markets and give him security instead. Three alternatives suggested for post-war marketing systems were: State marketing, free marketing, and producer-controlled marketing. A further method to fit known facts of the future was a Govern-ment-producer co-operative marketing council, which had already been initiated by the industry through the Fruit Marketing Council for wartime and stabilisation demands.

Discussing fruitgrowers' substantial losses this year by hail and frost, Mr. Roberts said most hail-damaged fruit could now be absorbed and marketed.

The president, . Mr. T. C. Brash, said that although the new Government in Britain seemed to be one selected essentially by an industrial country, it did not appear that agriculture would suffer or that New Zealand's export future there would be less promising. There was not enough food now in the world and New Zealand would have an important part in alleviating the position.

The annual report stated that there had been speculation as to when shipping would be available for the recommencement of export of apples and pears. It had been learned that during the current season an offer to purchase a nominal quantity of apples for export was received from Britain and that the offer was not accepted, although no reason was given to growers. It was felt that this offer should have been accepted, even at the expense of the grower and the public. In all other cases of exportable primary produce, rationing in New Zealand had been introduced to allow the maximum quantity to be sent overseas. The New Zealand public had been well supplied with apples and pears during the war and the transfer of a small parcel of this year's crop to Britain would have been no hardship to consumers. Further, it was highly desirable that advantage of export markets be taken as they become available.

Redwood's Valley remit asking that in view of the continual increase in the cost of production prices should be so adjusted as to give the grower a payable price for all his fruit, was approved. A remit that the retention of £25.000 out of the subsidy of £169.000 should be discontinued as from the commencement of the 1945 season was carried.

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FRUIT MARKETING, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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FRUIT MARKETING Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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