Part of Oral Answers to Questions — India – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th December 1945.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Henderson Mr Arthur Henderson , Kingswinford 12:00 am, 17th December 1945

India is not self-sufficient in foodgrains, and in the years before the war it was necessary to import annually from abroad for the rice-consuming areas an average of over 1½million tons of rice. During the war, the Government of India and the Provincial Governments have taken all practicable steps to increase the production of rice and other foods, mainly by substituting food crops for other crops. The Provinces have plans for irrigation works which are expected to increase considerably the amount of land under cultivation. I would however point out that a high proportion of the uncultivated land in India, is, in fact, unsuitable for cultivation.