Summaries of Addresses of Presidents of Sections: Problems of Plantation Economy

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    IN his presidential address to Section F (Economics and Statistics), Dr. C. R. Fay, who has just returned from a visit to the East, discusses the problems of plantation economy with special reference to the tea industry. The evolution of the plantation can be traced from the early tobacco and sugar plantations of North America, through the indigo plantations of nineteenth century India to the tea and rubber plantations of to-day in India, Ceylon and Malaya; and tea can be compared as a commodity with tobacco, sugar, coffee, rubber and forest produce in order to show the scope and method of the plantation form.

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