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Food Cultivation

Volume 436: debated on Wednesday 30 April 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what response there has been to the intention that the rubber plantations should plant I per cent. of their acreage with rice and/ or vegetables.

I assume that the hon. Member is referring to the Malayan Union where proprietors of country land or more than 100 acres in extent may be required to cultivate with food crops not less than 2 per cent. of their total acreage. By the end of 1946, 35,000 acres, or 1.75 per cent. of the land in question had been so cultivated.