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Groundnut Production

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 13 April 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what consultations have taken place with the Emirs of the Northern region of Nigeria and other authorities in respect of improvements in the production of groundnuts in that area; and to what extent more modern methods have been successfully introduced.

The Governor of Nigeria has been asked for information on this subject but has not yet replied. As soon as his reply is received a communication will be sent to my hon. Friend.

But meanwhile, would the hon. Gentleman say whether any kind of consultations have taken place at any time with the authorities in Northern Nigeria in regard to this matter?

Yes, I am sure they have. I had some myself, and I am sure the Governor has had some.

Yes, but is not the question here not so much a matter of improving the production of groundnuts but of moving the groundnuts which have been produced already?