Wednesday, 31 January 1945
Dáil Éireann Debate
Mr. Hughes: asked the Minister for Supplies if he is aware that seed  cleaners this season supplying to retailers perennial and Italian rye grasses have departed from the usual terms of 2½ per cent. cash discount or three or four months' credit and have insisted, for best purchase terms, on payment before the end of December, 1944, for seeds to be used next spring, and, in view of the fact that traders have to extend credit until next harvest to many farmers and that cleaners enjoy a monopoly trade here, if he will ensure that sale terms are reasonable in such circumstances.
Mr. Lemass: I am aware that cleaners have altered their usual cash discount terms to retailers on sales of rye grass seed. The present arrangement is that cleaners allow no discount where payment is delayed until after the end of February but that they allow a discount of 1/- per cwt. or approximately 1.32 per cent. where payment is made between the end of December and the end of February, and a discount of 2/- per cwt. or approximately 2.65 per cent. where payment is made before the end of December. I do not consider these terms to be unreasonable.
Mr. Hughes: Does the Minister realise that retailers have to wait a considerable time for their money, very often until the following harvest, when some farmers are in a position to pay? Does it not appear to be a hardship on retailers to have to comply with the new arrangement?
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