§ MR. FFRENCH (Wexford, S.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether the Irish Board of Agriculture have made any experiments regarding the impregnation of the soil with nitrogen bacteria; whether the experiments have proved successful; and, if so, will steps be taken to instruct the Irish farmers in this process.
(Answered by Mr. Walter Long.) The Department have inoculated soils at numerous centres in the manner referred to in the Question, but until the crops have had time to grow it is impossible to say with what results. If the system proves successful the agricultural instructors appointed by county committees will show farmers how to use the preparation.† See (4) Debates, cxxxiv., 12.