HC Deb 21 February 1917 vol 90 c1329

asked the Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture (Ireland) whether, having regard to a possible shortage of sound potato seed, he will explain how it is practicable to force early potatoes this spring, dig them out before fully matured in the month of June, and replant for next winter's food?


Inquiries made by the Department of Agriculture do not indicate that there is a scarcity of sound potato seed of main crop varieties. There is, however, only a limited quantity of seed of the early varieties of potato available, and the Department are satisfied that this will be planted and the crops lifted early in the season for food without any special advice being issued. It is already customary to plant land, from which early potatoes have been taken, with a second crop.