Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Agricultural Crops Statistics.

Wednesday, 22 June 1983

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 343 No. 11

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Mr. N. Treacy: Information on Noel Treacy  Zoom on Noel Treacy  asked the Taoiseach (i) the number of acres of (a) barley, (b) oats, (c) wheat, (d) rye, (e) malting barley, (f) sugar beet, (g) fodder beet, (h) mangolds, (i) turnips, (j) potatoes and (k) catch crops grown in the country in 1982 and the gross yields of each; and (ii) the amount of cereals and feeding stuffs imported in 1982 and their value.

Mr. Barrett: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  (Dún Laoghaire): I propose to circulate a statement showing the latest available information on the area and production of crops together with the quantities and values of unmilled cereals and animal feedingstuffs, respectively, imported in 1982.

Following is the statement:

Crop Estimated Area '000 St. acres Estimated Production '000 tonnes
Barley (excluding malting barley) 735.4 (a) 1,456
Oats 58.3 105
Wheat 137.4 (a) 363
Malting barley 115.0 207
Sugar beet 84.8 1,660
Potatoes 88.6 1,019
Fodder beet (b) 11.5 254
(Roots)
138
(Tops)
Mangels (b) 4.5 133
Turnips (b) 34.4 810

(a) Revised.

(b) These figures relate to 1980.

The area and production of rye are negligible. Information is not compiled on catch crops.

Commodity Quantity '000 tonnes Value £000
Cereals (unmilled) 356.9 60,975
Feedingstuffs 710.4 110,356

Mr. Naughten: Information on Liam Anthony Naughten  Zoom on Liam Anthony Naughten  Would it be possible in circulating these figures to give the comparative figures for last year?

[2596]Mr. Barrett: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  (Dún Laoghaire): Unfortunately, as the question is framed, it did not ask for that information.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  The Deputy should put down a question.

Mr. H. Byrne: Information on Hugh Byrne  Zoom on Hugh Byrne  The Minister did not include gross yields. Would he be so good as to give that information?

Mr. Barrett: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  (Dún Laoghaire): Yes, I will give that information.


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