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Pyrethrum Crop

Volume 441: debated on Wednesday 6 August 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement on the present position and future prospects of the pyrethrum crop in Kenya and Tanganyika.

The present position is that the Board of Trade's wartime contract with pyrethrum producers in East Africa expires at the end of this year. Thereafter the producers (who are already organised in a statutory marketing board) will be free to dispose of their crop on the open market.

In view of the importance of this matter to the economy of these two Colonies would the right hon. Gentleman see to it that when this contract is filed they will be given a certain amount of protection?

As I understand the position the industry is very well organised and there is a statutory marketing board for them.