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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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Area and Yields

The yield per acre has steadily increased with better varieties and better cultural practices: from 600 lb of dried leaf per acre in 1935–37 to 1,200 lb in 1945–47 and 1,600 lb in 1963–64. The total crop for 1963–64 season was over 9 million pounds from 5,800 planted acres. In 1963–64 the amount of domestic leaf used in manufacture was 50 per cent of the total.