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the company decreed that the number should be 70. In this arbitrary way the company controlled the production for a number of years, and in 1777 a delivery of 64,000 piculs was enforced, increasing each year until in 1808, 95,000 piculs was demanded. These restrictions had a depressing effect on the industry, and upon the liquidation of the company the Government assumed control, abolishing these measures. A new system was introduced by which the natives were compelled to cultivate certain areas and to sell the yield to Government at fixed prices. ' his mode proved unsatisfactory. The industry underwent numerous trials under a variety of conditions, none of which had the desired effect.
Sugarcane Transport, Sourabaya.
In 1892 the last traces of the old cultivation system had disappeared, and, private enterprise being encouraged, a gradual improvement in the cultivation and working methods was the result. ' rA ubles again, however, menaced the industry, the selling price A f sugar falling (causing heavy losses) and the appearance of the sereh disease in the cane. This disease spread rapidly and almost paralysed the industry. The Government, instead of fostering the industry, regarded it with disfavour and it was only after long delay that the heavy excise duty on land was abolished. An experimental station which had started at Pasoeroean was refused a subsidy three times by the