HC Deb 31 October 1957 vol 575 cc75-6W
39. Mr. Sydney Irving

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps are being taken by the Government of Northern Rhodesia to encourage Africans in the production of groundnuts and soya beans as alternatives to maize production; and to what extent soil erosion is being counteracted in the areas proposed for the cultivation of these crops.

Mr. Profumo

On the first part of the Question, I am asking the Governor whether there is anything to add to my right hon. Friend's reply on 31st July. I have written to the hon. Member in reply to the second part of the Question, since it is difficult to give adequate information about soil erosion measures in these areas within the compass of an oral reply; and if the Governor has further useful information I will cover that also when I write again to the hon. Member.