Soya Beans (Colonial Cultivation)

Oral Answers to Questions — India – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th October 1944.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East 12:00 am, 19th October 1944

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies where, and with what success, experiments have been carried out in any of the Colonies in the cultivation of the soya bean; and what encouragement is being given to any further research and experimentation.

Photo of Sir Cedric Drewe Sir Cedric Drewe , Honiton

I have been asked to reply. Cultivation of the soya bean has been tried in most Colonial Dependencies, and developed with some success in East Africa. It also shows possibilities in restricted areas in West Africa. Colonial Departments of Agriculture in East Africa, West Africa, and the West Indies have been, and still are, engaged in programmes of experiment and research.