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Wednesday, 3 April 1957

Mr McMAHON (LOWE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Primary Industry) - I well remember a very pleasing trip to Kingaroy with the honorable gentleman. I was impressed at the time by the great interest that he has taken in the development of the peanut industry. I am glad to be able to advise the honorable member that, since my return, I have looked for some means by which the peanut industry could be helped, particularly in the drying of peanuts during wet seasons. Sir, I am sure the honorable member will be glad to know that recently the Commonwealth agreed to establish a pilot plant in that area for the drying of peanuts when they cannot be dried by normal means. It is also thought that research processes should be carried a stage further and therefore the department would like it to be known that the pilot plant can be used for drying maize, navy beans, and similar produce. If the honorable member could help by making this well known, it would be appreciated. 1 am certain that the honorable member, when he sees the pilot plan in operation, will be very phased.

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