48. Mr. De la Bère
asked the Minister of Agriculture, in view of the fact that there are abundant supplies of nitrogenous fertilisers in the country to-day, what steps he is taking to encourage farmers to make adequate use of these supplies, with a view to increasing the yield from existing meadowland?
Every available means in the way of propaganda and publicity are being utilised to bring home to farmers the importance of applying nitrogenous fertilisers to grass and arable land this spring. County war agricultural executive committees have been instructed to make full use of their power to issue directions, in suitable cases, requiring farmers to use these fertilisers. The quantities that have been purchased this season show a substantial increase over the quantities bought during the corresponding period last year.
Pending the results of the experiments to which I referred in my reply to my hon. Friend on 19th February, no encouragement is being given to local authorities to prepare artificial manures from sewage disposal plants.
One of the most important things I have to do is to make sure that 1015 this product is suitable for the land, and until the experiments are finished I am not prepared to assume that it would be.