Jerusalem (Apr. 27)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency Mail Service)
Four thousand six hundred and twenty-eight persons are now living in 41 seltlements in Palestine subventioned by the Keren Hayesod, according to the latest figures given out by the Department of Agrieultural Colonization of the Palestine Zionist Executive. Sixty-five per cent of this population are workers, and the remainder children.
A comparative table compiled by the Department shows the fullowing development of the Zionist agricultural work as between the years of 5680 (1919-1920) and 5686 (1925-1926) :
The number of Kvutzoth has remained stationary, showing 17 both at the beginning and at the end of the period, but their population has grown from 420 to 1,744, while the area under cultivation increased from 16,700 dunams to 41,771.
In 5680, there were no Moshave Ovdim (smallholders’ settlements), but by 5686. 16 such villages had been established, with a population of 2.224. and 52,464 dunams under cultivation. In 5680 no girls’ training farms were in existence, while in 5686. there were I with a population of 111, and 709 dunams under cultivation. In 5680 no middle class settlements had yet been established under Zionist auspices, but in 5686. there were 4 with a population of 549 and an aren of 3,4? dunams of cultivated land.
The total figures now stand as follows: 17 Kvulzoth, 18 Moshavim, 4 middle class settlements and 4 girls’ training farms, with a combined population of 4,628 persons, and 98,421 dunams under cultivation.