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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 29

British India a Great Wheat-producing Country

British India a Great Wheat-producing Country.

—The New York Express says:—There is a prospect that British India will soon become a great wheat-producing and a wheat-exporting country. Until within a few years ago, all that was produced was consumed by the natives, and even then there was sometimes a scarcity. The change began in 1870, when 2,000 tons were exported. The production has been increasing ever since. It is estimated there will be exported this year 120,000 tons from Calcutta alone. The wheat is hard and dry, like that of California. It is grown in a similar climate—that of the Punjaub. The vast and fertile region of Northern India has a temperate climate, well adapted to raising grain. Then there is an abundance of cheap labour, so that there appears no reason why grain should not become a staple article of growth and export.