HC Deb 09 June 1947 vol 438 cc55-6W
70. Mr. Parker

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs what anti-erosion measures are carried out in Swaziland; approximately what proportion of the affected areas is covered by these measures; and what means are adopted for ensuring that farmers carry them out continuously.

Mr. Bottomley

In the land settlement areas scientific methods for the prevention of soil erosion are undertaken, and these provide demonstrations for neighbouring areas. For the rest, anti-erosion measures at present consist of the provision of additional water supplies in the native areas, and propaganda amongst both Europeans and natives on the correct method of conservation and farming by officers of the Agriculture Department. Legislation to enforce appropriate methods of soil conservation has been drafted and is under consideration. Further plans for afforestation and soil conservation are also under consideration in connection with the pro gramme of development to be undertaken with financial assistance provided under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act.