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Uganda (Cotton Sales)

Volume 464: debated on Thursday 12 May 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why the present cotton producers of Uganda are only allowed to sell their cotton to two or three designated agencies, and why the deputation from the Uganda cotton farmers on this matter has been refused an interview by his Department.

Sales of cotton are controlled within zones to maintain uniformity of quality and purity of seed supply, but in most zones there is a wide choice of firms to whom sales may be made. The deputation referred to was refused an interview because it was not representative of farmers' opinion and it was told that it should make its representations through the Governor.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the present cotton producers of Uganda are not allowed to have a check weighman present when cotton is weighed for sale and that this is causing hardship; and what action he proposes to take.

I am not aware of any such practice but have asked the Governor for information.