HC Deb 13 October 1943 vol 392 cc903-4W
Captain P. Macdonald

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that land used for maize-growing is subject to erosion after two to five years breaking of new soil; and, in view of the gravity of this issue to Kenya, what steps are being taken by the local government to prevent it?

Mr. Emrys-Evans

My right hon. and gallant Friend is well aware of the dangers of soil erosion in Kenya, and in particular of the risks attendant on maize cultivation. Fresh legislation on the subject has been passed this year and there is a special section of the Department of Agriculture which is concerned solely with soil conservation measures. Proposals for strengthening and extending this service with the assistance of a grant from the Colonial Development and Welfare Vote are now under consideration.