HC Deb 26 June 1956 vol 555 cc39-40W
Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement regarding the conditions of sale of cattle enforced upon the Warangi people of Tanganyika by the Destocking Kondo Warangi Ordinance of 1952, giving the numbers sold during 1955 and the average price per head of cattle.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Destocking to limit soil erosion in the Kondoa Irangi District is effected by the Destocking (Kondoa District) Rule, 1952, made under Sections 20 and 23 of the Natural Resources Ordinance, Chapter 259 of the Laws of Tanganyika. Under these rules the maximum numbers of livestock for each village area within the lrangi Chiefdom are fixed: those numbers, which are subject to annual review, are related to the carrying capacity of the land.

Wherever the number of livestock in a village area exceeds the prescribed maximum the excess is disposed of by removal to another part of the Chiefdom District or by sale at livestock markets: sales are conducted by public auction with the assistance of market staff employed by the Native Authority.

The total number of catle sold at livestock markets in the Irangi Chiefdom during 1955 was 8,930 of which 4,117 were slaughter stock and 4,813 immatures. The average price was £6 2s. 6d. per head for slaughter stock and £1 18s. 6d. per head for immatures. The total number of cattle in the Irangi Chiefdom of Kondoa Irangi District is approximately 87,600.