Dáil Éireann - Volume 364 - 20 March, 1986

Written Answers. - Land Use.

98. Mr. J. Leonard asked the Minister for Agriculture in view of a recent An Foras Talúntais report on land use, which indicates that by the year 2000 there will be surplus grass land within the EC if he proposes to have studies carried out with a view to the possibility of producing fibre and energy crops.

Minister for Agriculture (Mr. Deasy): An Foras Talúntais has examined the trends in land use in the EC and has [2467] considered certain options on possible land uses by the year 2000. Studies of this kind, which are part of the on-going work of An Foras, have already included work on fibre and energy crops and certain experimental projects on such crops have been undertaken.