Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Imported Feedstuffs.

18.

asked the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries the total quantity and value of cereals and other feedstuffs imported during 1967; and if the Government will make a greater effort to see that more feeding stuff and cereals are produced at home.

As the reply is in the form of a tabular statement, I propose, with your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, to circulate it in the Official Report. The statement is attached.

With regard to the second part of the question, it is estimated that the area sown to cereals this year is about 35,000 acres greater than last year. The present arrangements and price assurances in respect of home-grown cereals, including those recently announced for oats, offer sufficient incentives to grow the bulk of our requirements of cereals.

Imports of cereals and other feedstuffs in the year 1967.

Description

Unit of Quantity

Quantity

Value

£

Cereals unmilled:

Wheat (excluding seed for sowing)

cwt.

3,895,573

5,431,992

Barley (excluding seed for sowing)

,,

127,623

164,112

Maize

,,

2,273,783

2,706,301

Milo

,,

2,188,240

2,425,453

Oats (excluding seed for sowing)

,,

175,698

224,759

Rice in husk or husked

,,

734

3,255

Rice glazed or polished

,,

50,474

166,705

Rye

,,

200

440

Other

,,

6,131

19,372

Cereal seeds for sowing:

Wheat

,,

25,121

51,939

Barley

,,

1,339

4,139

Oats

,,

101,486

162,818

Cereals, milled and cereal preparations:

Wheat flour and meal

,,

16,957

42,849

Maize meal and groats

,,

520

714

Meal and flour of cereals, n.e.s.

,,

21,647

55,767

Worked cereal grains including germ of cereals, rolled, flaked, polished, pearled or kibbled

,,

7,622

40,117

Feeding stuffs for animals:

Hay and straw, fodder, roots and vegetable products used for animal foods, n.e.s.

,,

75,250

93,366

Corn offals:

Bran

,,

82,135

85,546

Pollard

,,

1,462,968

1,608,229

Other

,,

59,377

66,230

Oilseed cake and meal, defatted:

Cotton seed

,,

293,045

480,657

Groundnut

,,

98,708

187,017

Linseed

,,

188,790

383,411

Soya bean

,,

975,383

1,830,256

Other, including vegetable oil residues

,,

140,000

231,873

Fish meal

,,

339,161

943,389

Meat and bone meal

,,

4,240

9,160

Dog biscuits and other dog and cat food

,,

29,784

188,925

Food wastes and prepared animal food

value

249,038

Is it not true that the year before last we imported £23 million of cereals that could and should have been grown in this country if a proper incentive were given to the people to grow them? Is it not further true that tillage fell in the last ten years by well over 150,000 acres? It is back somewhat this year.

What is back?

Tillage has increased, we know, this year.

This is in line with what I and the Government desire, and the Deputy can be quite well assured that anything further that is necessary to be done to fulfil the cereal needs will be done.