Camphor Production In East Africa From Cinnamonum Camphora

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When asked in 1941 to design, erect and operate a factory for the manufacture of camphor, an essential war-time commodity urgently needed in Britain to replace Japanese supplies, little information could be fond on the subject beyond that contained in the' references given at the end of this article, none of which dealt with the design, or running, of a full sized factory producing 1,500 to 2,000 lb. of solid camphor per week, which was our aim. For this reason it is thought that the following description of the design and working of the war-time camphor factory erected at Lushoto, Tanganyika, by this Institute in 1941-42 may be of value to those interested in the possibility of developing a camphor industry in those parts of the world where Cinnamonum camphora, the Chinese or Japanese camphor tree, will thrive.
East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, XI (3), p. 148-156