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Dessert Apples

Volume 978: debated on Thursday 14 February 1980

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51.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is satisfied with the prospects for the dessert apple sector of the United Kingdom horticulture industry.

I am conscious of the difficulties encountered by our apple growers when the market is over supplied. Nevertheless, we can produce dessert apples which are second to none; and, if the industry intensifies its efforts to grow and market top quality fruit—as the most progressive are already doing—I am confident that future prospects are good.