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THE GARDEN ISLAND TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 1917
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The Rice Situation on Kauai
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Lihue, Kauai, Aug. 25, 1917.
Editor Garden Island:
At the last meeting of the Kau
ai Chamber of Commerce, the
County Agent ot the Tertitorial
Food Commission was requested to
make a report on the rice situation
on the Island of Kauai, this report
to be published in the "Gaiden Is
land." The following data con-
cerinR the rice, both in acreage
and quantity was made up ftom
various letters and reports turned
over to me by the combined Com
mittee from the Kauai Planters
Association, the Chamber of Com
merce and the Board ef Supervi
sors. mThis Committee sent out
ciculaf letters to owners of taro
and rice lands, requesting them to
make a complete report o f the
quantity of lands held by them and
the acreage then in cultivation.
They were also requested to make
propositions tending to induce rice
planters to take up some of the
uncultivated lands. This a good
many of them did and some made
the offer of lands, rent free. The
Kauai Planters Association have
made a definite guranty of $5 per
bag of rice produced so as to en
courage the planting of more rice
as also to give the planter same as
surance of a return for the time
and labor involved in bringing the
crop to maturity. To date it has
been unnecessary to make use of
this proposition because of the pre
sent high price of rice.
The compiled figures for the
1917 crop, which were made up by
Mr. J. K. Farley from the 1916
Tax Books are as follows:
District No. Acres planted for
Glass Dishes for Baking.
The Newest Method
Bread pann 1.25 en
Tie platen 1.00 -mi
Custard Caps ca
Casseroles 1.T5 ea
Shirred eat? pans .05 ea
An Gratin LOO ea
W. W. Dimond & Co. Ltd.
Wholesale and Retail Groceries
Dry Goods of al) Descriptions.
It seems that the rice grower
should receive a fair margin of pro
fit since in the past ho was almost
forced out of the business due to
the extreme low price. Even at $6
a bag for rice the profit is very small
compared to that received from sug
Since these estimates were made
and due to almost excellent condi
tions the bags of rice per acre have
increased thus making a larger
quantity than is represented in the
compiled list. This is shown by the
increase of probably 2000 to 3000
bags at Waimca alone. During the
past few weeks there has been in
creased activity in the clearing,
planting and cultivating of new rice
lands so that a largo acreage of
those new lands mentioned in the
table have been taken up. The
labor question is the most serious
of any and during the past week
the Food Commission has appoint
Mr. R. I). Mead of the II. H. P. A.
in Honolulu, to become chairman
of a committee to investigate and
ifid in relieving the present question
throughout the whole Islands. It
would seem that this was a great
step forward in the handling of the
rice and food problem of this Island
as well as the others of this group.
Very truly yours,
A. Hkfiard Case,
Kauai County Agent.
Mr. A. Brodie, chemist at the
Experiment station in Honolulu, is
spending a few vacation weeks with
his family in the mountains of
No. Ba estimate No. Acres for
from saniet 1917) 1918 crop (new)
. 12500 ' 100
1720 38505 . 435
The above figures for the bags of rice estimated were calculated on
these figures gained from average conditions on this Island.
Ilanalei District estimated on 22 bags to the aero
These figures represent what thej
yield will be when a good commer
cial fertilizer is used on fairly good
lands. The average fields are only
harvested once a year The clean
ed rice is estimated as" two-thirds
of the paddy harvested.
The 435 acres of new rice lands
available for the 1918 were consi
dered to be impossible to be planted
because of the shortage of labor.
These laborers average around $14
per month per man.
The Chinese have probably always
been our best rice growers and they
have only very old men of their i
race to act as laborers in the fields.
These men can no longer work hard
which increases the labor question
materially. Another problem, is
that most.of the planters need some
fi-nancial backing and written leases
Real Estate and Insurance
NO. 125131 MERCHANT ST.
Billions of Dollars Spent
The First Year , of the War
Sec. McAdoo has submitted to
Congress estimates that call for the
expenditure of an additional $5,000,
000,000, during this year.
This does not include new loans
to our Allies that will 'come latter
The Army requests the appropri
ation of $700,000,000 or more for
pay lor its men. Ihis looks as
though a second army is to be draft
It is thought that a part of this
vast sum is to he used for perma
nent and scientihc defense of our
The Iliver and Ilabor BilJ, with
at lower rentals than before if they nn appropriation ot 'i,uuu,uuu
. . i i ti I lino taiiqjiiJ (liri Cititiifn nml rttiir irrtia
are to stav in tne ousiness. it uw,.i i.nuu..uc im.6
would seem that a price for rice
I to Conference.
around $6 is none too high for the
labor involved and if we intend
keeping the rice planters of these
Islands in business it is certain that
any price below $5 is impossible for
the greater majority of our growers.
When the price of rice falls below
$5, it 'is almost certain that our
planters cannot compete in any
measure with the growers of the
P. O.Box No. 594
Honolulu 'Coast and Japan.
There is every reason to believe
that the bill will be passed as it has
been approved by both Houses of
The "Independent" says, no
nation at any period since money
i. : a.i i
I mid war were nrsi invuiueu nus
spent as much in one year as the
Uuited States will spend during its
first year of participation in the
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