Page 6, 10th December 1937

10th December 1937
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Page 6, 10th December 1937 — THE SMALL FARM'S FUTURE

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SIR.—Your agricultural correspondent (and he knows what he is talking about), may be thought pessimistic by the town enthusiast, but in the main our country experience supports him. Still, many of us believe that the impersonal tendency he speaks of—the big dealer going only to the big grower--is not a fatalist necessity. A Government that detests laissez-faire and looks beyond its nose—would in this matter do as Germany, Italy, and Belgium do, and guarantee that the small-holders' produce is bought, and at a fair price to enable him to live. It is only laziness on the part of big buyers that makes them prefer the big grower.

There is also something else. Large producers have told me that they get contracts " for a consideration." And if they forget to renew the tribute, the orders soon cease to be repeated. The 30 to 100 acre man can't do this--he is too sweat-busy finding his quarter's rent. Consequently he " isn't worth bothering with." lie can grow lovely stuff, but there is always a reason for not buying it: usually it is that there aren't enough tons to make it worth while calling f r it with the motor-van.

On the other hand, because milk is scarce, big distributors will send a van ten miles for ten gallons!

Commie Faitainsa.

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