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Fodder Production, Jamaica

Volume 530: debated on Tuesday 20 July 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware of the need to increase the production of food in Jamaica; and whether, to encourage the production of cattle and pigs on the island, he will direct the Department of Agriculture there to prepare plans for the increase of fodder production or importation.

Both the Jamaica Government and I are well aware of this. In order to increase fodder production the Jamaican Department of Agriculture has been engaged for several years in pasture improvement work and has lately made significant progress; its advice is also being sought and followed increasingly by local farmers. Plans for the next development period in Jamaica include substantial further provision for pasture improvement.Research into animal nutrition is going ahead. Increased supplies of improved animal feedingstuffs, prepared locally, are available and licenses for importing feedingstuffs are readily granted.