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Planting Programme

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 14 April 1949

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asked the Minister of Agriculture what is the total acreage, to the nearest convenient date, planted by the Forestry Commission since 1st January, 1946, and of this acreage what is the acreage planted in hardwoods and softwoods respectively.

Figures are not available from 1st January, which is mid-way in the planting season, but from 1st October, 1945, to 30th September, 1948, the Forestry Commission planted 73,200 acres. Of this area 5,300 acres were planted with hardwoods and 67,900 acres with softwoods. The planting programme for the current season is 45,600 acres of which it is anticipated that between 7 and 8 per cent. will be hardwoods.