HC Deb 14 July 1904 vol 138 c39

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the Congested Districts Board wore in the habit of supplying spraying machines at reduced prices to farmers in the congested districts; and whether, seeing that the Department of Agriculture has now taken over the agricultural portion of the Congested Districts Board's work, he can state why these facilities have not been continued; and whether arrangements can be made whereby the farmers in the parish of Bonane, county Kerry, can now be supplied with these machines at reduced prices.


No provision is made in any of the Department's schemes for supplying farmers in congested districts or elsewhere with potato spraying machines at reduced prices, as such action would not be in accordance with the principle on which the schemes are based. Where a farmer in any locality is not able to purchase a spraying machine for his sole use, he might combine with his neighbours for its purchase at a reduced cost per head.