§ 27. Mr. BOLAND
asked how many applications have been received for the planting of fruit trees in South Kerry; and how many have been complied with?
§ Mr. RUSSELL
No applications for loans for the purchase of fruit trees appear to have been received from residents in the Parliamentary Division of South Kerry. Three such applications (representing thirty-five individuals) have, however, been received from the districts of Milltown, Killorglin and Muckross, and all have been granted subject to the Regulations of the Department's loan scheme being complied with.
28. Mr. W. A. REDMOND
asked how-many applications have been made from the county Tyrone for fruit trees during the past year; and what is the present state of the fruit industry in that county?
§ Mr. RUSSELL
No application for a loan under the Department's scheme of loans for the purchase of fruit trees has been received from county Tyrone. From information supplied by the horticultural instructor for that county it appears that over 5,000 trees were planted by residents in the county under his supervision in the past year. The area under fruit in county Tyrone in 1912 was 586 acres, an increase of 94 acres over the previous year, which relatively compares favourably with other counties. The fruit industry in county Tyrone is progressing, and the outlook is distinctly favourable.