In ths course of liis address to tho Fruitgrowers' Conference at Wellington yesterday tho Prime. Minister said ho was glad tp seo that tho outlook for tho fruit industry was very good. 1" the Inst three years the export of apples had increased very rapidly. Us doubted whether the same rates "would be maintained during the present year, because he gathered that this had not been a good scar-on lor ii'iiit. In order to develop "the fruit trade with South Arnerioa, tho Government had sent Mr G. L.~Taeon. a man with wide, experience in tho fruit industry, to report upon tho possibilities of trade in apples with South American cities. AlreadyMr Taron's reports were very encouraging, and there was very little donl.it about thy future of the industry, with the prospect of an extensive export t radii to bo developed, not only with South America and tho Pacific coast of North America, but also with tho east coast of America through tho Pu.na.ma Canal. The Government had resumed 7,000 acres in Central Otago for fruitgrowing, and would lead water on to the land. The election of officers resulted as follows :—President, Mr Thomas Ilorton; vice-presidents, Mr C. J. Muokay (past president) and Mr W. S. Johnston lion, secretary and treasurer, Mr R. A. Green. Tho outgoing committee were re-elected, with the addition of tho name of Air A. M'Donald, the committee now consisting of Messrs T). A. Hav, F. Bennett, E. /Allan, W. W. Oliddin-Riehardsou, W. E. Lippiatt, and A. M'Donald. Auditor, Mr W. \V. Gliddon-Ricliardson. The following vice-presidents (the chair men of the district councils) were elected: Southland, Mr .1: IM'Che.-mey ; Mr George Howden ; T'imaru, Mr P. Alien: North Canterbury, Mr Robert Nairn; Wellington, Mr Thomas Waugh : Ilawke's Bav, Mr W. Webb; Wanganiii, Mr A. J. Laird; Taranaki, Mr R. M'K. Marian; Auckland, Mr D. A. Hav.
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FRUITGROWERS' CONFERENCE, Evening Star, Issue 15706, 21 January 1915