60. Mr. Slater
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what incentive is being given to the farmers in British Guiana towards cocoa production.
§ Mr. Profumo
With assistance from colonial development and welfare funds, cocoa cultivation trials have been held by the British Guiana Government since 1950 and have produced sufficiently conclusive results to justify the encouragement of cocoa growing commercially in the Colony. Four propagating stations are now producing some 70,000 root cuttings a year, and these are sold at the subsidised price of 10 cents each as an incentive to growers. Farmers are given every encouragement to grow this crop, and free advice is given to them by the Agricultural Department.