Tuesday, 1 March 1983
Dáil Eireann Debate
|Fresh or chilled potatoes||13.5|
|Dried, dehydrated potatoes||0.2|
|Flour, meal and flakes of potato||0.8|
Mr. Flynn: Would the Minister of State regard this as a matter of concern since we are primarily an agricultural country? In the past we were big exporters of potatoes in all forms. It would seem there has been a drastic reduction in exports and a big improvement in imports.
An Ceann Comhairle: Deputy Hilliard should put down a question on that. The Chair might indicate at this juncture that statistical questions are put down for the purpose of obtaining the information asked for.
Mr. Barrett: (Dún Laoghaire): In 1982 virtually all imports of fresh and chilled potatoes and over 96 per cent of processed potatoes came from other EEC member states. The Netherlands and Northern Ireland were the principal suppliers.
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