75 years ago
SALISBURY, 14 January 1944. — A resolution supporting an increase in the tobacco levy was passed by 12 votes to three at the Norton Farmers’ meeting recently.
Mr R. O. Palmer, the Association’s representative on the RTA, said that it had been proposed to increase the levy from 1 /20d. to 1 /10d per 1b.
He pointed out that if the industry was to be in a position to face world competition and to extend its markets as soon as conditions returned to normal propaganda and advertisement would be necessary and this could not be done without funds.
The RTA Council felt that now was the time to build up a reserve for this purpose.
The accumulated surplus from levy funds stood today at £14 000, said Mr Palmer, and at the present rate the revenue from a £30 000 000 crop was £6 250, from which £3 800 was deducted for expenses.