‘File 29/21 - III FOOD SUPPLY RICE’ [27r] (53/720)
The record is made up of 1 file (358 folios). It was created in 30 May 1948-26 Sep 1949. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.
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this action which is dictated solely by the need for
obtaining more food for the people of the country,
who are today existing on the inadequate ration of
14 - 16 lbs. of wheat per head per month.
5. The following specific cases of rice in transit
were discussed by His Highness this morning:-
(a) 581 bags of rice imported by Yusuf Fakhroo,
290 of these were sold in Bahrain, to the public,
and the remainder re-exported to Eatif.
(b) 1243 bags marked TT Darwish in Transits
There is reason to believe that the purchase of this
consignment was financed by Fakhroo. His Highness
understands however that currency for this shipment
was obtained on the recommendation of the P.C.L. , he
will therefore allow its export to Qatar, but full
customs dues will becharged as no customs agreement
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exists with Qatar covering a special in transit rate.
(c) 200 to 300 tons, expected shortly, by Fakhroo
marked ,f Kuwait in Transit rt . It is understood that
this rice is destined for Qatar. If it is landed
here the Bahrain Government will insist on one half
being sold locally, if the importer is not agreable
he can take the rice elsewhere.
(d) A consignment of 1028 bags of rice from
Muscat to Haj Mohamed bin Mekki. This rice has been
the subject of correspondence ending with your 1907-
29/21 dated 17th June 1948. His Highness is now
willing that the Government should buy half of this
shipment, at local market price, or to allow the
importer to sell it locally at his own price.
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The file contains correspondence about arrangements for the purchase and shipping of rice imports mainly from African and South American countries, for consumption in Bahrain, Qatar, Dubai, Sharjah and other Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. shaikhdoms, where rice and other cereals continued to be in scarce supply after the Second World War (1939-1945). The file consists mainly of letters from Bahrain and Dubai merchants, or from the Imperial Bank of Iran and the Eastern Bank Limited on their behalf, also from the local manager of the Petroleum Development (Qatar) Limited on behalf of oil company personnel, asking the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Bahrain to permit them foreign currency exchange facilities for the purchase of rice from Brazil and other non-Sterling countries. Also included in the file are the Political Agent’s responses, including importation recommendation certificates and letters to their banks, approving the release of sterling for the opening of letters of credit and hard currency payments to exporters.
The file also contains the successful bids made to the International Emergency Food Committee (IEFC), Washington by the British Government on behalf of Bahrain, Qatar, Dubai and the other Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. shaikhdoms, for a share in the 1949 Middle East rice allocations. In relation to this matter there is the correspondence of the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. and the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Bahrain with the Rulers of Bahrain, Qatar and Dubai and also with British officials at the Ministry of Food and the Foreign Office in London. In this correspondence, they discuss reducing existing wheat quota imports for Bahrain, Qatar and the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. shaikhdoms in favour of increased rice quota imports, the arrangements for the local storage and stock management of the IEFC allocated Egyptian rice by British Ministry of Food officials in Cairo, the appointment of approved purchasing and shipping agents by the Bahrain and Dubai authorities to act for them and for their merchants with regard to orders, payments and deliveries of the IEFC allocated Egyptian quota rice by sea to Bahrain, Qatar and Dubai.
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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 360; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.
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