Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Agricultural Training.

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asked the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries if he is aware of the statement of the director of An Foras Talúntais at the recent annual congress of the Agricultural Science Association that he could see no reason why there should not be an agricultural AnCO or alternatively why AnCO should not include agriculture among its responsibilities; and if he will indicate his views in the matter.

I have seen reports that a statement to this effect was made. As the Deputy is no doubt aware, a wide variety of facilities is available for agricultural training and education. These facilities are being expanded as rapidly as possible and, my estimation of the position is that the course we are pursuing is the one most likely to lead to satisfactory results.