HC Deb 28 February 1917 vol 90 cc2055-6W

asked the Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture (Ireland) whether Irish-grown cereals are kiln-dried at the Department's mill at Glasnevin before being milled; whether loans are granted for building kilns; and whether the Department encourage in any way the kiln-drying of grain before it is milled?


The mill at the Albert Agricultural College, Glasnevin, is reserved for demonstration purposes, and the Iriseh wheat used in connection with the demonstrations given last year was, so far as the Department of Agriculture are aware, not kiln-dried. Loans are not granted for the erection of kilns, but in dealing with applications for loans for milling machinery the Department will consider the question of provision for kiln-drying. Oats kept in proper stacks for some time, or kept in dry premises after threshing, are as a rule in sufficiently good condition for milling without further drying.