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Threshed Corn (Protection)

Volume 393: debated on Thursday 4 November 1943

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asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware of the fact that when corn is threshed and bagged it has to remain on the farm until collected and taken to a certain centre; that, owing to the delay in collecting, much of it is eaten and destroyed by rats; and will he see that this corn is collected as soon as possible after the threshing is completed?

I am aware of the importance of facilitating the speedy disposal of grain after threshing and sale. My Noble Friend the Minister of Food has made arrangements to this end, and farmers themselves can help by planning as far as possible their threshing programme after consultation with their merchant. At the same time, I must emphasise that farmers are responsible for providing protection for grain while it is on the farm and for preventing damage by rats.