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ACTON PLOUGHING MATCH.

OUR FOOD SUPPLY.

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OUR FOOD SUPPLY. + A RESERVE FOR WAR TIME. An interesting scheme for providing a reserve of food in this country in time of war was unfolded at a meeting of the Staffordshire Chamber of Agriculture on Saturday by Mr. R. P. Cooper, ex- High Sheriff of the county and a well-known Shropshire sheep-breeder. Mr. Cooper's idea is that more wheat should be grown in this country, and that it should be held in reserve, as in case of war we might be starved out in a few weeks. Briefly, Mr. Cooper proposes to put a duty of 2s per quarter (4801b.) on grain imported from our Colonies, 4s. per quarter on that from other coun- tries, a similar duty on flour horn our Colonies, 8s. a quarter on flour from other countries, and Is. per quarter on feeding-stulis imported from abroad, admitting all from the Colonies free. The amounts received from these duties Mr. Cooper would distribute among the British farmers who grow wheat and keep it in stock, allowing 4s. per quarter for that stored until Christmas, 6s. up to Lady Day, and 8s. up to midsummer, after which no payment would be made for keeping, but some wheat might be held over and coma under the same scale next year. It is claimed by Mr. Cooper that his scheme, while assisting agriculturists, will impose no appreciable buiden upon the working- classes of the country, as a 2s. per quarter duty upon wheat would mean only Is. 6d. per annum to the consumer. He maintained that the food of the people would be as cheap under his scheme as now-, or even cheaper, as the extra quantity grown would supply any falling off in imports. He op- posed national granaries, on the ground that they would be costly to erect, and an expensive staff would be required, as the stocks would have to be ] disposed of every few months on account of "must. The speaker also claimed that the Colonies would have preference as one cf the anvantages of his scheme, and he expressed him- 1 self in full agreement with Mr. Chamberlain's Fiscal proposals. This remark was loudly ap- ] plauded by the Chamber, who very favourably 1 received Mr. Cooper's scheme, and nominated him i to give evidence before the Royal Commission 1 upon the question of our food supply in time, of i war.

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