HC Deb 03 March 1948 vol 448 c380
32. Mr. Keeling

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that there is a shortage of cassava for making starch, and whether he is taking any steps to stimulate its production in East or West Africa.

Mr. Rees-Williams

Yes, Sir. In both East and West Africa the production of cassava has always been encouraged as a reserve against famine. Normally only surplus stocks are available for export. Five thousand tons are now being shipped from East Africa and it is hoped to export further quantities later this year. Exports from West Africa were discontinued during the war in favour of other crops, but the possibility of reviving the trade is now under consideration.