Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Milk Processing Industry.

72.

asked the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries (a) the number of creameries in operation and (b) the total annual milk through-put in respect of the milk processing industry for each year over the past decade.

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

Following is the statement:—

(a)

(b)

Year

(a) Number of creameries (see Note)

(b) Total annual milk through-put in respect of the milk processing industry

1971

151

million gallons 524 approximately (preliminary estimate).

1970

153

507.4

1969

155

520.2

1968

157

514.5

1967

155

468.1

1966

155

411.8

1965

157

391.5

1964

158

357.2

1963

158

332.6

1962

157

319.9

NOTE: The statistics compiled are the number of premises registered, at 31st March each year, in the Register of Creameries kept under the Dairy Produce Act, 1924