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A discussion between G. Scott
Robertson, D.Sc., Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, and Hugh Suffern
The matter to be discussed this evening is the fruit industry, which in Northern Ireland concerns itself principally with apples. The speakers are Dr. G. Scott Rohertson , Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture for Northern Ireland, and Mr. Hugh Suffern , owner of a big fruit farm near Crumlin, Co. Antrim, and one of the most prominent fruit growers in the country.
.Northern Ireland has a fruit-marketing Act which applies mainly to the apple-growing industry, and this act insists upon the compulsory grading of apples into three grades, extra fancy, fancy, and choice. There is one other interesting provision in the fruit-marketing Act. It is designed to prevent the fruit grower from ' topping' the apples in a barrel. ' Topping' is a technical term for the artful dodge of putting the good-looking fruit at the top of the barrel and inferior apples underneath. When a barrel is opened the apples seen must be a fair sample of those unseen.
There has been considerable criticism of the marketing act by certain growers, but much of this criticism appears to arrive from misapprehensions and misunderstandings on the part of the growers, of the trade generally, and of the public. Tonight's discussion should do much towards explaining the Act and its workings.


Unknown: G. Scott
Unknown: Hugh Suffern
Speakers Are: Dr. G. Scott Rohertson
Speakers Are: Mr. Hugh Suffern


at the Organ of the Ritz Cinema,

: Mat Mulcaghey

The Oul' Besom Man from County Tyrone

Mat Mulcaghey comes to the microphone again tonight in another of his original Tyrone character sketches. 'The Oul' Besom Man' with his reflective and philosophical outlook on life, spiced with the humour of the soil, has become over a period of years one of the most popular microphone characters in Northern Ireland. Mat Mulcaghey himself is a large, genial round-faced man who is known and loved all over County Tyrone. Every time he broadcasts he has to drive nearly eighty miles from his home to the Belfast studios, a journey he has made in all kinds of weather since broadcasting first began in Northern Ireland in 1924.


John Kyle (tenor) Nora McCullagh
(traditional fiddler)
Philip Martin (Uillean Pipes)


Tenor: John Kyle
Tenor: Nora McCullagh
Unknown: Philip Martin


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