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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 6 (October 24, 1926)


The new railage rates for artificial manures conveyed by train are so low that distance by rail from the point of manufacture will make little difference to the landed cost at the farm.

Some typical rates for manure in six ton lots are:

Miles Per Ton
50 5/8
100 8/2
200 11/7
300 15/-
440 20/-
600 25/7
(Ton lots 25 per cent. additional)

“The price which the farmer has to pay for his fertilisers naturally has a decided bearing upon the extent to which he will make use of them, and a good deal of unrest has existed regarding this question of selling prices, farmers having considered that, as regards fertilisers-, particularly those derived from Nauru and Ocean Islands, the prices charged to them were too high.