THE WHEAT SUPPLY
WHAT THE GOVERNMENT HAVE DONE. PRIME MINISTER EXPLAINS. [Pkb United Pnv.gs Association.) WELLINGTON. .January 22. Speaking t'inther on the subject of Jhe Kaiapoi's shipment of wheat for New Zealand, tho Prime .Minister has made the following statement : Now that it seems practically certain that sufficient quantities of wheat are afloat and on the way to supply the population until the new crop comes in. it. is just, as well tliat it should be known that outside of miiFrs' stocks there is very little wheat in the Dominion. These'who have taken an interest in this suhjet know that a wheat census was taken on November 18. That census showed that _the.ro were in the hand; of merchants 152.868 bushels. Of that quantity over 00.C00 bushels were held by merchants in Ihe principal producing and milling cant re (Timarul. I had another census taken in the same district on January .19, which showed that the quantity _ of wheat held bv merchants had fail-Mi from 90.00!) bushels to 7.-00 bushe!-. and of this bit--.- approximately 2.000 bushels are held for contract purposes. The small balance remaining _ will probable pass into the hands of millers before the end of the present mouth. These figures speak for themselves, and require little or no explanation. Sin e 1 first declared in the House, a good manv months airo, that ! did not believe there was .-liflicieut wheat to last at tile ordinary rale of consumption on until the new crop eanm in I have watched the position' very carefully, knowim; that as the facts came to hand, if they were made public, in all probability hour would jump to famine prices. I knew there was little or nothiim in the way of attempts at. exploitation by either merchants or farmers, ami '.hat millers -enerally -were not takin.: adviu* -■:::• of the positi-at that had arisi u. I have put up with abuse and misrepresentation on the subject, beat now that a supplv is in sight I think it rigid that i should let tho public know what has been taking place and what the position is to-day. The cable correspondence that passed between the Prime Minist."- of NewZealand and the Commonwealth Government is very Fnathy. and clearly showthe arduous' cli'-e-u ma.de by Mr .dass.-y to have the diliioulty settled at 'he earliest possible moment.
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THE WHEAT SUPPLY, Evening Star, Issue 15708, 23 January 1915