HC Deb 20 April 1891 vol 352 cc919-20
DR. CAMERON (Glasgow, College)

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether his attention has been called to a Report recently published by the French Government as to the success attending the use of a solution of sulphate of copper for the prevention and cure of potato disease, and the Report of M. Petermann, Director of the Station Agronomic de 1'Etat at Gemblons, Belgium, on the use of sulphates of copper and iron for the same purpose; and whether, considering -the great importance of the subject to potato growers in this country, he will take steps to publish the substance of these Reports in a form accessible to British agriculturists?


The Reports on the experiments conducted by M. Aimé Girard in France upon the use of sulphate of copper in the prevention or cure of potato disease during 1888 and 1889, to which attention has recently been drawn, were under the consideration of the Board of Agriculture last summer. A translation of these Reports was forwarded to the Irish Government, by whom, I understand, valuable experiments have been tried in various parts of Ireland, which are to be repeated on a larger scale this year. Since then we have received, within the last few days, information as to the further experiments conducted by M. Girard with sulphate of copper in 1890, and we have also received M. Petermann's Report of his similar experiments in Belgium. As soon as we have the French Report for 1890 complete it is proposed to issue a leaflet embodying the results of these Reports for the information of British agriculturists.