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Rubber (Acreage)

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 18 April 1951

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what acreage was replanted in Malaya with budded rubber in 1949 and 1950; and what acreage is contemplated in 1951 and 1952.

Figures for 1949 and 1950 for the Federation of Malaya are 33,569 acres and 31,297 acres respectively. It is not known what acreage is contemplated in 1951 and 1952.

In view of the fact that this is the most productive method of producing rubber, will my right hon. Friend give instructions that it will be used throughout the Federation?

That is a matter of opinion, but my right hon. Friend is only too anxious that every possible method shall be used, this one among them.

Can the right hon. Gentleman say how this acreage was divided as between estates and other producers?

What proportion of the replanting was carried out by native growers?