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Wednesday, 19 October 1949

Mr POLLARD (BALLAARAT, VICTORIA) (Minister for Commerce and Agriculture) - I lay on the table the following paper -

Canned Fruits Export Control Act - Twentythird Annual Report of the Australian Canned Fruits Board, for year 1948-49, together with Statement by Minister regarding the operation of the Act.

The pack of canned apricots, peaches and pears for the 1949 season totalled 2,707,557 cases. Although that total is approximately 245,000 cases below the 1948 production, it is very satisfactory, particularly as the peach crops were considerably damaged by adverse weather and production of peaches of canning variety did not come up to expectations. The production of apricots and pears of canning quality reached record dimensions. The aggregate of the 1948 summer and winter packs of canned pineapples was the highest yet recorded, and the 1949 summer pack was maintained at a high level, 244,149 cases having been produced. Disposal of the crop is proceeding satisfactorily and the board anticipates there will be a complete clearance of stocks before the 1950 season's processing operations commence. Exports of canned pineapples to Canada are again very substantial this year, and a welcome feature is that endeavours are being made by exporters to market additional quantities of canned apricots, peaches and pears in that dominion.

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