§ Mr. Brockway
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether a decision has now been reached regarding the removal of the prohibition of coffee growing by African farmers in scheduled districts of Kenya.
§ Mr. J. Griffiths
In the scheduled districts of Kenya, the growing of coffee by African farmers is freely permitted and encouraged, subject to the close supervision of farming operations and the establishment of nurseries and a satisfactory site for a pulping station—conditions which are essential in the interests of the farmers themselves.
Outside the scheduled districts, any individual African may have his particular farm scheduled provided that he can satisfy the agricultural department that he has adequate suitable land and the requisite skill and the resources to plant, develop and maintain the plantation of coffee and to make satisfactory provision for its preparation for the market. This will mean that no individual African need be prevented from growing coffee, simply because he is in a non-scheduled area.