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Wednesday, 23 April 1980
Page: 1694

Senator ARCHER (TASMANIA) -Has the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry any information on the potato developed in Peru which reportedly traps its diseases in sticky hairs on its leaves? Can he advise the stage of development which has been achieved, and whether there yet appears to be any applicability to Australian, including Tasmanian conditions, particularly relating to irrigation potential, processing qualities and average yields?

Senator Georges - Surely, Mr President, you should direct that that question be placed on the Notice Paper.

The PRESIDENT - I call the Minister.

Senator SCOTT (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Resources) - I do not have any precise information regarding the Peruvian prickly potato. I am aware that, if such a potato exists, it may well be of great significance to the industry not only in Peru but also in Australia, including Tasmania- that important part of Australiaand wherever else potatoes may be grown. I will refer the honourable senator's question to the appropriate Minister and department arid see what knowledge is available on the applicability of this potato in our circumstances.

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