The State member for Herbert (Mr. P. Pease) has forwarded the following letter received by him from the Minister for Agriculture.

“I have to acknowledge receipt of your communication wherein reference is made to the banana industry generally, and the growing of that fruit particularly in North Queensland. Your representations on behalf of Mr. J. Daveson, of El Arish, who is interested himself in banana growing, and who has been good enough to offer assistance at any time if an officer of this department versed in banana culture, visits the district with a view of discussing banana cultivation with the growers of El Arish, have been noted. I have to inform you that I haye caused arrangements to be made for Mr. Stephens, an officer of the department, stationed at Cardwell, to proceed to El Arish at a early date, and to visit the owners of the plantations there with a view to giving advice on the cultural methods to be followed in the production of bananas.”

The foregoing has caused some satisfaction amongst the banana growers of the El Arish district, and the advice given them by the officer in question will be thankfully received and faithfully applied.

Harvard/Australian citation

1929 ‘BANANAS.’, Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 – 1954), 16 March, p. 7