HC Deb 26 April 1951 vol 487 cc568-9
48. Mr. Dye

asked the Minister of Agriculture, in view of the prolonged wintry conditions hampering normal cultivation, what special steps he is taking to see that all farmers needing assistance or advice obtain it so that the greatest possible acreage is cropped with a suitable crop this year.

Mr. T. Williams

Before the recent welcome improvement in the weather I had invited chairmen of county agricultural executive committees to convene, urgently, meetings with their respective county branches of the N.F.U., representatives of the local seed trade and of the local papers, to review the situation and to enlist the co-operation of the provincial Press in passing on to farmers up-to-date advice on the most suitable late sowing crops for each district, where seeding has been seriously delayed. Where necessary, action of this kind has been taken, with the helpful co-operation of all concerned. I am glad to say that reports from all over the country indicate that farmers and their workers are making the most strenuous efforts to ensure that the maximum advantage is now taken of the change in conditions.

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