Symud i'r prif gynnwys
Cuddio Rhestr Erthyglau

18 erthygl ar y dudalen hon

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Back to the Land Sir,-There is nothing like personal experi- ence to understand anything. Very few farmers in the country have any objection to small holdings. For my own part I shall be very pleased to see the Act carried out, so long as it is done fairly. I presume many of our legislators think that, at least, any agricultural labourer is quite competent to be a small holder-I presume we shall have even more incompetent people come back to the land- but I have thought the matter out seriously, and out of ten or a dozen men now working on my farm, I do not think there are two that oould, or would, take a few acres of land, and even if they would, I am sure they. would soon make a mess of it. But to my story. Four years ago one of my farm men (he was above the average of farm hands) begged of me to let him a three-acre field, which I eventually agreed to do at the same rent per acre as I pay for the whole farm. I should say I farm in one. of the most fertile spots in England. These three acres were in plendid trim. Tile first year this man took a crop of wheat, removing both corn and straw; second year barley; third year beans and peas; fourth year barley. You may know the land is good, as there was nearly four quarters barley per acre this last crop. Every year this man has simply sown and reaped the crop, with the exception of putting a day or two's work in each year with a hoe. This man has not put ten loads of manure on the three acres in the four years. Of course, he has made money, but what is the condition of the land to-day compared with four years ago? Twitch, docks, thistles, and weeds of every description, and the whole field in a deplorable condition; so much so, that ilf I were obliged to assess the damage to the field in the four years I should put them at nearly double the rent I have received for the whole term. He would most likely award me £7 or £8 for dilapida- tions, which I should never get, as the man has nothing, only what is in his pocket. No doubt you will ask why did I not get rid of this man? Well, you know I should have to have given a year's notice. Now, the first year I said nothing. The second year I com- plained. The third I spoke very severely, and now the land is in such a state that it matters little what happens, as it cannot be worse. Now, Sir, if this is a sample of an intelligent farm labourer on a small holding, what will it be with Tom, Dick, and Harry when they get small holdings? I sincerely hope there will not be many such cases as this, but I fear there will be, and I do not see anything in the new Act to provide for such cases; yet I am sure (especially if we get a bad season or two) there will be hundreds like it, and who is to suffer? —I am, etc., W. [The foregoing is a cutting from the "Farmer and Stockbreeder," sent to us with a request to publish it. We have done so, out at tlif same time we much prefer original matter from our own people, who best know what is needed for Pembrokeshire.—Ed. P.C.G.]



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