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Sacks (Prices)

Volume 480: debated on Wednesday 15 November 1950

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92.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the Nigerian Government have arranged that Nigerian farmers are to pay more than the world price for sacks made at the Colonial Development Corporation's new sack factory at Onitsha; and why similar discriminatory arrangements are not being made to assist African-owned industries.

Forty-five per cent. of the capital of this factory has been provided by the Nigerian Cocoa and Cotton Marketing Boards. The Boards have agreed to pay a special price for sacks produced during the pilot stage of development if it is found to be necessary during this stage. It is open to any industry which is African owned to ask for assistance of a similar nature.