Potato Sets

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture – in the House of Commons on 19th November 1942.

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Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware of the success attained in Russia in cutting off the small tips of potatoes with the seed bud in order to provide potato seed for the forthcoming season, while using the greater part of the potato for food; that plants grown from potato tips have been found to be less subject to disease than those grown from the whole potato; and whether steps will be taken in order to increase our food supply to advise farmers to adopt this practice in Great Britain?

Photo of Mr Robert Hudson Mr Robert Hudson , Southport

I have had some particulars of Russian work on this subject, and I am arranging for it to, be examined further. The cutting of tubers to save "seed" is already practised to some extent in this country, but my information is that heavier and better crops are produced from high class certified "seed" than from "sets" of ordinary ware tubers.

Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

Is my right hon. Friend aware that it has been officially stated that it is expected that 2,500,000 acres will be planted with these tips in Russia next year whereby 8,000,000 or 9,000,000 tons of potatoes will be warehoused, and in view of the appeals made in the Press about the necessity for more potatoes is it not desirable that we should press forward with this experiment which, apparently, has already been proved?

Photo of Mr Robert Hudson Mr Robert Hudson , Southport

I have no information about the particular figures quoted by my hon. Friend, but so far as this country is concerned we are producing approximately the same tonnage from half the acreage and, therefore, I do not think it would be much use adopting that method.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

Is it not a fact that there is no shortage of potato seed?