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Cereal Acreage

Volume 393: debated on Tuesday 2 November 1943

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asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he proposes to insist on cereal culture next year in those districts where, owing to the heavy rain customary in the localities concerned, the harvest this year was disappointing?

National needs require the maintenance of a high acreage of cereals, and war-time risks must be taken in agriculture as in other spheres. The acreage of cereals in any district or on any farm is a matter for consideration of the local agriculturists comprising the county war agricultural executive committees and their district committees. It is their task to interpret the national needs in regard to home food production in the light of local circumstances and sound farming practice.