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Volume 124: debated on Friday 18 December 1987

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what estimate he has of the value of nitrogenous fertiliser wasted by farmers each year; and if he will make a statement.

I have made no such estimate. My Department encourages farmers to assess the requirements of each crop for nitrogen fertiliser in accordance with good husbandry practice and to restrict application to those times when the crops can utilise the nitrogen.