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Groundnut Scheme, Kenya

Volume 438: debated on Wednesday 18 June 1947

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asked the Minister of Food for what reasons it has been decided not to extend the East African Groundnut Scheme to Kenya.

No such decision has been taken. But certain areas in Kenya which were originally suggested for development have been found to be less suitable than was hoped, from the point of view of rainfall and other relevant factors. As a result, it is not now proposed to clear any acreage in Kenya this year. The question whether we can develop other areas in Kenya later on will be decided after further discussion with representatives of the Kenya Government. I have myself discussed the matter with Sir Philip Mitchell, the Governor of Kenya, and we both very much hope that suitable areas in Kenya will be found.