HC Deb 21 February 1963 vol 672 cc94-5W
Mr. G. M. Thomson

asked the First Secretary of State if he will give details of the plans for setting up a new agricultural college and new agricultural institutes in Northern Rhodesia; and what help is being proposed from Her Majesty's Government.

Mr. R. A. Butler

Northern Rhodesia is planning to build a Natural Resources Development College, at a cost of about £500,000, to train staff to diploma standard in agriculture and allied subjects.

Plans have been completed for the reconstruction of the Monze Agricultural Training Centre in the Southern Province, which provides initial training for Government agricultural extension staff at sub-diploma level; and for the establishment of Farm Institutes to give training to farmers. Four will be completed by the end of 1963 and a further four to six, subject to availability of funds, by June, 1965.

Provision for the reconstruction of the Monze Training Centre, and partial provision for the cost of the Development College and the Farm Institutes has been made in the Territory's current Development Plan. A substantial contribution towards the Farm Institutes is being provided by the United Kingdom Committee of the Freedom from Hunger Campaign. No direct assistance towards these projects has been sought from Her Majesty's Government.