Department of Agriculture Annual Report 1958

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1958
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Ministry of Agriculture
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The year 1958 has seen a shake down in a number of Kenya's agricultural industries arising from a decline in world prices of many agricultural commodities, from more highly competitive conditions on world markets and from the output in Kenya of a number of products progressively exceeding the absorptive capacity of local markets. Kenya has been a world trader for the bulk of its production of coffee, tea, sisal, wattle, pyrethrum and cotton for several decades. The products of mixed farming, butter, bacon, maize, wool (and meat in certain circumstances), which have been sold abroad on a moderate scale in the past, are now entering world competition more strongly as farming productivity mounts and exceeds the capacity of local and neighbouring markets. Every signpost points to expanding production, to a battle for markets and to the need for a degree of efficiency in farming which will continue to yield profits from competitive world prices.
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