MAY REACH SHILLING A LOAF. ”GREEDY FARMERS” HOLDING WHEAT. [Per United Press Association.! CHRISTCHURCH, November 25. At a meeting of the Farmers’ Union today. Mr F. G Horreli referred to the Gate-1 meats in circulation to the effect that some j farmers are holding stocks of wheat in an-) ticipation of higher prices, and said that i i farmers generally were only asking 1 j for a reasonable thing. In view of the seri- ’ oils shortage that tho Dominion was to bo faced with next year ho was of opinion that the executive should ask the Prime Minister to endeavor to secure supplies, and so prevent wheat rising to an abnormal price. He believed that it was absolutely correct that men were asking as high as 7s per bushe,. He had reason to believe that that was correct- As fanners they should say that they did not agree with that sort of thing. Ho was of opinion that tho price at present ruling—viz., 5s per bushel—was a fair one for last season’s wheat, and a man who asked for more was greedy. There was only one way to keep prices down, and that was to have a plentiful supply. They should impress on tiio Prime Minister the necessity lor not relaxing his energies in this mailer of supplier. Unless they looked at the matter seriously, they would have bread at a shilling a loaf. The President (Mr C. H. Ensor): I think j so. too. . j Mr Horreli, continuing, said that in the, past the people had ridiculed what, the agriculturisls said as to tho difficulties'll! connection with wheat-raising, but now they hud llie spectacle of a country that ought to he exporting wheat importing it. If tho nations at present at war were unable to sow wheat, tho outlook would'ba very serious. He himself was. opposed to big prices. Thev did not do anyone, any good. He moved—” That the Prime Minister be urged to endeavor to secure ample supplies of wheat for next season, as there will bo a big shortage." Mr Patclictt seconded the resolution, and s«iu ho did not think it was necessary to j limit the price to srs. 1 Mr Horreli said that lie did not say that i; was to bo limited to that price, but that this was a very good figure, for last season's j wheal. The motion was agreed to.
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DEAR BREAD, Evening Star, Issue 15660, 26 November 1914