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HAY FOR THE ARMY. The Scheme Explained at Builth. Oa Monday afternoon Mr D. W. D-vies (Aberduhonwy) presided over a meeting of farmers held at tbe Forester's Hall, Builth Wells, in order to meet and discuss with Captain Myer the question of the Government buying hay direct from the farmers rather than from tbe bay dealer. The Chairman regretted the small attendance, as the question was one of first rate interest to the farmers. Captain Myer remarked that although the attendance was small it was possible that they had tbe right men present. In the past the Government had been purchasing bay from hay dealers, bnt now a scheme bad been drafted under which they would purchase direct from the farmer. The old method had not proved satisfactory. In the past the Government had purchased hay by contracts and at a very high figure, and the probability was that the producer did not receive an adequate price. Probably it passed through three or four hands before it came to the coifeumer, therefore as much profit bad been made by the dealers as 25s per too, and that to tbe loss of the producer. He bad had the pleasure of being in close touch with agriculture all his life, and he bad always felt that the farmer suffered a great deal for the want of being in touch with tbe consumer, and now they would have a chance, as tbe Govern ment was willing to deal with them on reason- able and commercial lines. (Applause.) The South Wales Committee would be represented in every district by men of sound judgment' and they could be satisfied that they would receive fair prices for their produce. He was not in a position that day to tell them the price, but it had been placed before a committee of farmers who bad approved of it. He con- sidered that the Farmer's Committee which had fixed the prices bad dealt with the question quite fairly, and they had considered the interest of the nation and also the interest of the farmers themselves. (Applause.) The Com- mittee had already purchased some thousands of tons in South Wales, and he was satisfied that there were no complaints against the method of purchase. The Government wanted all the good hay of the country that they could get, but they did not wish to take from the farmers what they required for their own stock. (Ap, plause.) The Government recognised that tbe farmer himself had a claim for the best bay for his own stock, and that the Government was entitled to the surplus. Proceeding, Captain Myer pointed out how fortunate they were that war was not being waged in this country, and they were able to meet that day as if no war was in progress. They should therefore help in their way the country. He hoped they would co-operate with the officer in charge of the district and spare all the surplus of hay that they could for the war office. Every assistance that would be given to securer hay for the horses at the front would be assistance to push operations to a successful issue. (Applause.) The Chairman hoped they all would do their best to advertise the scheme. Mr Edwin Davies asked if they were to un- derstand that the Government was prepared to pay 50 per cent. of the money at the time of purchase. Captain Myer said that it was so, and in order to make things quite clear, the 50 per cent. would be paid within five or six days from the time of purchase and the remainder a L the time when the hay was taken away. Mr D. P. Hopkins asked if they could let tbe War Office know if they knew of anyone who had bay for sale. Captain Myer said that information could be sent to their offices at Cardiff and to their re- presentatives in* Breconshire, Mr W. S. Miller and Mr 0. W. Davies (Aberduhonwy.) At the end of the meeting the Executive committee met.







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