§ 49. Mr. Philips Price
asked the Minister of Agriculture what surveys have been started by the Agricultural Improvement Council, with a view to making an assessment of what are the most urgent matters calling for research; and what progress has been made in each case.
Mr. T. Williams
The work of the Agricultural Improvement Council has covered a very wide range of subjects, many of which will be described in detail in the Council's Second Report which it is hoped will be published early next year. I shall be pleased to send the hon. 285W Member a copy and meanwhile 1 give a short list of subjects upon which research has been recommended.
Following is the list:
- Potato root eelworm.
- Failure in bean crops.
- Breeding of brassicae resistant to
- (a) clubroot;
- (b) frost.
Control of pea aphis, pea moth and bean aphis. Effect of leys on soil structure. Mineral deficiencies in crops. Trichomonas infection of cattle. Control of bracken, ragwort and wild oats. Dried grass for stock feeding. Contamination of seed crops. Crossing of in-bred lines in poultry.