Written Answers. - Registration of Potato Growers and Packers.

98.

asked the Minister for Agriculture the number of farmers who have registered under the Registration of Potato Growers and Potato Packers Act, 1984; and the number of farmers who have yet to register.

A total of 825 farmers have registered to date.

The Act provides that all who grow potatoes for sale must register but the actual figure in this category is not available. An indication of the number involved could be taken from the fact that there are about 5,000 farmers who grow more than one hectare of potatoes.