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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 73

Central Otago. — From the Southland Daily News, Saturday, April 21, 1894

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Central Otago.

From the Southland Daily News, Saturday, April 21, 1894.

In the course of a conversation to-day Mr. J. C. Blackmore, Government pomolegist, who is at present on an official visit to Southland, spoke in most enthusiastic [unclear: rms] of the prospects of Central Otago as a fruit growing district. He has just been [unclear: ver] a considerable part of the country and the conclusion he has come to is that in a few years fruit growing there will take the place of gold-digging and prove an even greater source of wealth. Peaches, apricots, and prunes grow there to perfect[unclear: ion], and as the market for these fruits in a dried state is practically unlimited, [unclear: the] industry must become a large and profitable one. At Alexandra, Mr. Blackmore [unclear: tes]. he saw a sample of locally grown hops that was, without doubt, the finest [unclear: he] ever seen, being equal, if not superior, to the Californian hop. Insect pests in New Zealand, orchardists will find some consolation in knowing, are not nearly so [unclear: had] as in other parts of the world and, generally, can be kept down by spraying. [unclear: On] this and other subjects Mr. Blackmore will have something to say at a lecture he is to deliver, probably on Wednesday night under the auspices of the Horticultural Society.