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East African Industrial Research Board

Nature volume 158, page 741 (23 November 1946) | Download Citation



THE thirek gprfual report of the East African Industrial Rag/Kirch Board (P.O. Box 1587, Nairobi. Is. Gd.ftccppdrs the year ended December 31, 1945, in addition to the chairman's report, Tanganyika Industrial Committee and el Uganda Industrial Committee. Dr. A. J. V. Underwood continued to serve as overseas consultant, and the main preoccupation of the Board has been planning for the future of industrial research in East Africa. So far the governments concerned have not all accepted the proposals formulated by the chairman for an East African Department of Industrial Research and Development. The Board's research organisation continued on its war-time basis, but staff difficulties are expected to restrict its services in 1946. The technical publications of the Board appear to be meeting a public need, and a small technical library has been built up. While much of the time of the Chemical Laboratory has been occupied by analytical work, important work has been done on the development of phosphatic fertilizers, and a new product, ‘Silicophosphate’, is now undergoing extensive field trials. Methods of mining salt from the salt lakes of Uganda have been under examination, and the improved quality of domestic pottery is largely due to the work of the Ceramics Branch. Attention was also given to the improvement of oil milling and soap manufacture, and draft specifications for soaps weie prepared by the Panel on Oils and Fats and later adopted by the Government of Kenya.

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