HC Deb 09 July 1903 vol 125 cc157-8

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he will state what has the Congested Districts Board done in the way of encouraging early potato growing in County Kerry; whether any effort has been made to find a suitable market; and what has been done to assist farmers in spraying their potatoes.


The Board supplied several tons of seed potatoes at reduced rates to a number of occupiers, and artificial manures free of cost. The Great Southern and Western Railway Company carried the produce at low rates, and the cultivators were placed in touch with markets in Dublin and Liverpool. Demonstrations were given in the spraying of potatoes, and the Board offered to supply spraying machines at reduced terms.