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TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—Mr Jules Joubert deserves the thanks of the public for calling attention to the above subject in your paper. A beetroot sugar industry would open a large payable field to the farmer, and would considerably reduce the price of the sugar to the public. Actual experience shows that 14J per cent, of sugar is recovered out of the beetroot, and the cost of manufacture is from Id to l£d per lb of sugar, allowing all expenses, labor, wear, and tear, and 5 per cent. interest on the capital. The price for beetroot. ia taken at Is per cwt. The usual selling price of the raw sugar on the Continent is about ljjd per lb. But to produce 208,180 tons of sugar annually would take a very large establishment, indeed, and requires a much greater capital than Mr Joubert's figures show, The duration of the season on the Continent is generally 100 days only. The cost of a complete set of machinery to produce 5,000 tons during the 100 days is LIO.OOO, to produce 10,000 tons is L 13.260, and to produce 15,000 tons is L 17.500, to which freight and duty would have to be added. The necessary buildings would take a capital of L 6.000, L 7.250, and L 8.500 respectively, besides the necessary working capital. This process would only produce the raw sugar. The second process of refining the sugar is generally carried on in a separate factory, but oould of course be combined. The cost of refining 1001b of raw sugar is 38s, to which the cost of the raw sugar (16s) is to be added. This 1001b raw sugar would give 92 per cent, refined sugar, 7 per ceot. molasses, and 1 per cent. loss. The very best refined sugar would cost accordingly about 2£d per lb to manufacture, and could bo sold for 2£d, allowing profit to the farmer and manufacturer.

As you and others may feel some interest as to the quality of beetroot sugar, I enclose a few Bamples for inspection.—l am, etc, Otto Peez, C.E.

Dunedin, June 29.

TThe samples may be inspected at our office by any person interested.—Ed. E.S.]

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THE HIGH PRICE OF SUGAR., Issue 7947, 1 July 1889

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THE HIGH PRICE OF SUGAR. Issue 7947, 1 July 1889

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