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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 72

Cultivation of Beet-Root

Cultivation of Beet-Root.

Mr Bradey moved, "That, with a view to encouraging the cultivation of beet for sugar manufacture, there be an extension of the Act of 1881, offering a bonus for a further period of fifteen years."

The motion was seconded by Mr Murdoch.

Mr Grigg said the whole thing was folly. They grew beet in France and Prussia for sugar-making merely that the English labourer might have cheap sugar. He disagreed altogether with the system of giving bonuses.

Mr Gray did not think that the production of sugar from beet would over be a success in this Colony. He believed the system of granting bonuses was a mistaken one.

Mr Stuckey did not think, at the present price of labour in the Colony, there would be any chance of successfully engaging in growing beet for sugar-making.

Mr Buchanan did not think that some parts of New Zealand would grow beet that would contain sufficient saccharine to make them suitable for sugar-making.

Mr Brown said the industry was tried in Hawke's Bay some years ago, and it was a failure.

The motion was negatived.