Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Agricultural Production.

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will state in respect of each of the fiscal years 1942/43 and 1943/44 (a) the total value of the agricultural produce and (b) the disposal of such produce so as to show the consumption by persons living on farms, the consumption by other persons living in the State, and the value of the produce exported.

Information is not available in respect of the fiscal year, but only for the agricultural year (12 months ended 31st May for live stock and products; 30th June for potatoes, and 30th September for all other crops) and in respect of the agricultural "output" and not of the total "produce." Agricultural output does not include any part of the produce used unprocessed for further agricultural production.

Particulars of the total value and manner of disposal of the agricultural output for 1942-43 were published in the issue of the Irish Trade Journal and Statistical Bulletin for December, 1943, in a special article on the agricultural output. The figures for 1943-44 are in process of compilation.