HC Deb 20 February 1907 vol 169 c844
MR. O'DOWD (Sligo, S.)

I beg to ask the hon. Member for South Somerset, as representing the Board of Agriculture, whether he is aware that beetroot superior in quality to that grown in Germany can be successfully and profitably cultivated in these countries, even on lands of inferior quality; and, if so, what steps the Government intend to take in the matter of encouraging the growth of this crop in the British Isles.


Several experiments in the cultivation of sugar beet have been made in this country and, so far as they go, the yield compares favourably both as to quality and quantity with that obtained in Germany. We have published detailed information in our Journal as to the growth of the crop, and as to the use of dried sugar beet for fodder, and we shall bring to the notice of agriculturists any further information on the subject which seems likely to be of any value to them.