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Dáil Éireann debate -
Thursday, 26 Jun 1952

Vol. 132 No. 12

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Ground Limestone.

asked the Minister for Agriculture if he will state the approximate quantity of ground limestone supplied to farmers during the years 1949, 1950 and 1951; and, also, if he has satisfied himself that the quantity being used is sufficient to overcome soil acidity and secure maximum production in a reasonable time.

Mr. Walsh

The information sought is as follows:— 1949, 70,000 tons; 1950, 75,000 tons; 1951, 200,000 tons. I am far from satisfied that the quantities used are sufficient, and I am disappointed that farmers have not taken greater advantage of the excellent terms on which they can obtain the necessary material. For not more than 16/- per ton they can have ground limestone delivered to their farms, the State bearing the cost of delivery. I would advise every farmer to order and spread ground limestone on grasslands in the next few months.

asked the Minister for Agriculture if he will state what firms have received subsidies for the carriage of ground limestone and the amount of subsidy paid to each firm.

Mr. Walsh

Payment of £182,763 1s. 5d. has already been made to Córas Iompair Éireann and of £46,686 16s. 2d. to Comhlucht Siuicre Éireann for the carriage of ground limestone under my Department's scheme.