HC Deb 25 February 1918 vol 103 cc1119-20W

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether wheat growing is possible in some of the Colonies directly under the control of Downing Street; and. if so, whether he will consider the advisability of drawing the attention of some Colonial Governments, such as East Africa, to the necessity of stimulating output in this direction?


The increased production of wheat is under the consideration of the Government of the East Africa Protectorate, and I understand that, as a preliminary measure to secure an adequate supply of seed wheat, the sale of wheat for milling purposes has been temporarily prohibited and a maximum price fixed for wheat sold for seed purposes. Very little wheat is grown in other British Colonies and Protectorates, and I fear that for climatic and other reasons it would not be feasible materially to increase the production.

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