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TO THE EDITOR. # Sir,—Considering that the Province of Otago, under proper and intelligent tillage, could become within twelve months indepent from foreign importation, I marvel to see that sugar 'should be prooured from other parts of the world, ' ■' ' '

I find that within the last twelve months ]'2,000 tons of sugar have paid duty in Dunedin alone that quantity of sugar has canned 1,°G0,000 of hard cash to he sent out of the province—ami that there are 104,0!).: acres of land under wheat crop alone in Ota«o. If the farmers who cultivate the said land put in a crop of Silesian beet, which could readily be matured between the wheat crops admitting that the yield of sugar be taken at the very lowest average of two tons per acre it would prod ucro 208,180 tona of sugar annually, and supply New Zealand and Australia with a commodity which is protected by heavy duty, freight, etc., besides keeping in the country the large sum of money now sent abroad. I may add that the mode of troating beetroot is now an easy matter, and_ the outlay for plant, machinery, and skilled labor would not cost L 20.000.—1 am, etc, Jules Joviikut. Dunedin, June 20.

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THE HIGH PRICE OF SUGAR., Issue 7943, 26 June 1889

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THE HIGH PRICE OF SUGAR. Issue 7943, 26 June 1889

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