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Wheat Purchases

Volume 478: debated on Monday 18 September 1950

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asked the Minister of Food if he can give the figures of wheat that his Department has taken from this year's harvest; and the average price paid per quarter.

The quantity of homegrown wheat purchased for flour milling from 24th July to 2nd September this year was 279,000 tons, of which 214,000 tons were bought by flour millers and 65,000 tons by Recommissioned Mills, Ltd., the Government-controlled company which operates the national silos.A fixed price of 119s. 3d. per quarter is paid to growers for millable wheat delivered in July, August and September, but a deduction rising to a maximum of 18s. per quarter, representing the cost of conditioning, is made for potentially millable wheat.