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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
page 420

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The tobacco produced in the districts of Limasol lid Baffo and at Lefka, inclusive, is a mere trifle compared to the capabilities of the island:— In 1875 the crop amounted to 1,395 okes. 187 6 ri 1,280 ,, 1877 „ „ 857 „ 187 8 „ „ 1,731 „ • This is only worth enumeration as an example of the utter insignificance of the production, which should be an important item in the agricultural wealth of the island. The greater portion of the tobacco consumed |iti Cyprus is imported in bales from Salonica, and is (consigned to manufacturers who divide and classify (the leaves, which are cut, and formed into packets bearing the Custom House stamps, supplied upon purchase. Limasol alone imports about 20,000 okes, which are forwarded from Larnaca, where the duty is paid. fio export duties of any description are levied upon Çoods from this island. The direct benefit to the Cypriotes conferred by the British occupation was exhibited in the sudden rise of value both in real property and in labour. The • ental of houses within the principal towns was trebled, land it would be difficult to establish an average price of land either in towns, or upon the outskirts, as the orices demanded have been in most instances fictitious, •epresenting the desires of the seller, but in no way verifying the actual selling value. I have only heard hf a few small plots that have changed hands at quadruple their former estimate, and as a rule there are jew buyers during this period of uncertainty respecting she permanence of pur occupation ; but owners hold but in the hope of an ultimate decision in favour of • British absolute possession. In the town of Limasol D D 2

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