Palestine Agricultural Exhibit Opens; Jewish Farm Products Win Prizes

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The Palestine Agricultural Exhibition was opened here yesterday. Lord Plumer, the High Commissioner, in his address opening the exhibition, emphasized the importance of fairs where it is possible for all races and creeds living in Palestine to coperate for the development of the country.

“Agriculture is the backbone of Palestine industries,” Lord Plumer said. “The year 1927 will be remembered by the Palestine people as the year of misfortune, but also as the year of common work,” he declared.

One half of the proceeds of the fair will go toward the earthquake fund.

Among the prizes awarded was one for the eggs of the Nahalal colony, the Ainharod colony and for the Carmel almonds.

The Zionist Executive and the large Jewish colonies are not represented at the fair, which is the first general agricultural exhibition in Palestine. Local agricultural fairs had been held intermittently in Tel Aviv, Jaffa and Nablus. According to plans now formulated, the fairs will be centralized in one Palestinian exhibition which will be held annually, the place for the fair alternating each year between the northern and southern districts.

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