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Seed Potato Marketing Board

Volume 886: debated on Thursday 20 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Seed Potato Marketing Board (Northern Ireland) has succeeded in its objective of increasing the acreage of seed potatoes grown; and what are the figures of seed exported from Northern Ireland from 1963 to 1974.

Following the general trend in arable crops in Northern Ireland, the acreage of seed potatoes grown has declined over the past 15 years. The function of the board is to provide orderly marketing of the seed potato crop in which it has been reasonably successful. The seed potato shipments from Northern Ireland from 1963 to 1974 were as follows:

Crop YearTotal Tons
1963112,091
196497,781
196583,378
196672,378
196785,527
196890,517
196991,521
197079,641
197173,360
197258,613
197358,823
(Final figures for 1974 are not yet available.)