§ Mr. Pargiter
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what encouragement or instruction is given by the Government of Nyasaland to African farmers and peasants to practise water control in order to prevent excessive flooding of rice crops.
§ Mr. Profumo,
pursuant to his reply [OFFICIAL REPORT, 11th February, 1958, Vol. 582, c. 29–30], supplied the following information:
All African rice growers in Nyasaland are given advice on water control. They are generally encouraged to adopt a method which involves the construction of surface bunds so as to exclude flash floods from the area of cultivation while allowing late application of water to extend the season.