Home-grown Grain (Drying)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies – in the House of Commons on 18th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

The producer is responsible for stacking unthreshed grain to keep it in good condition and for bringing grain to market in a merchantable condition as generally understood by the trade. With the co-operation of my Department, the milling industry has since the beginning of the war increased considerably the plant at flour mills for conditioning wheat marketed in a condition which is classified as potentially millable; this plant is being extended at a number of mills. My Department has also in course of construction, in areas where they will be specially needed, a number of silos with drying plants attached, intended to be ready for the harvest of 1943. The Ministry of Food will also make use of certain existing drying facilities at distilleries in Scotland and elsewhere, when it is necessary to condition for long period storage, oats or other grain purchased by the Department.