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An experiment in cultivating wattle on a reserve at VVairangi, in the Waikato, placed under the control of the Department of Agriculture some years agn, has proved highly successful. Nearly 900 acres have already been planted, and preparations are being made to sow another 120 acres. The reserve contains 1,400 acrea, and it is expected that in another year wattle will be growing all over the property, and the department will be in a position to supply excellent bark for tanning purposes at lower rates than are paid for the imported article. A small plant for crushing bark is on the farm, and the cnotioa of u, shed for its accommodation has just been completed. The bark, which realises from £5 10a to £7 per tou, is said to be of first-class quality. A number of settlers in the Waikato are also cultivating waitle, and there is reason to believe that in a few years New Zealand will bs able to produce sufficient bark to meet the requirements of the whole colonj.

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CULTIVATION OF WATTLE., Issue 10423, 18 September 1897

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CULTIVATION OF WATTLE. Issue 10423, 18 September 1897

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