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Approved Products (Farmers And Growers)

Volume 974: debated on Tuesday 27 November 1979

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will give an estimate of how many farmers in England and Wales are in possession of the 1979 edition of "Approved Products for Farmers and Growers" published by his Department; and what proportion of the total number of farmers this represents.

So far some 12,000 copies of this publication have been sold in the United Kingdom. No realistic estimates are available concerning the proportion reaching individual farmers. However, the matter is one on which the Government and the various industrial organisations concerned are at present considering the case for joint studies, as lately recommended by the Royal Commission on evironmental pollution.