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Kenya (Tea Industry)

Volume 393: debated on Wednesday 3 November 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will inquire from the Kenya Government whether tea planters in the Colony are satisfied with existing opportunities of development; and whether such development is affected by the international control of the industry?

The development of the tea industry in Kenya has not been adversely affected by the existence of the International Tea Agreement, since Kenya was allotted under that agreement new acreage and an export quota, neither of which has been fully achieved during the period of the Agreement. The Agreement is being renewed for the duration of the war and one year thereafter. The terms of Kenya's co-operation in this extension have been negotiated and agreed with the International Tea Committee by a representative of the East African industry, and accepted by the Kenya Legislature and it may therefore be taken that the industry is reasonably satisfied.