asked the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries the amount of honey annually (a) home produced and (b) imported; the steps being taken to increase home production and reduce imports of honey; and whether steps will be taken to stop the use of trade names for imported honey which may tend to lead people to believe that such honey is home produced.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Honey Imports.
Estimated annual home production of honey averaged 115 tons and imports averaged 560 tons during the five year period 1963 to 1967. Home production is being encouraged by means of a scheme of grants towards the cost of equipment and swarms which is operated by county committees of agriculture and by advice and instruction provided by the instructors in horticulture and beekeeping employed by the county committees, who number about 80. Licences to import honey free of duty are confined to those firms who undertake to buy any home produced honey offered to them. The firms concerned have undertaken that all honey brought in under these licences will be labelled as imported.