Jewish Colonization Project in Bureya Region Hampered

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Fifty-eight of the 650 settlers who went to Bureya, Siberia, on the colonization project of the Ozet, have returned, stated Merezzin and Bruk, leaders of the colonization project on their return here from Siberia where they investigated the new settlements.

In an interview with the representative of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, they stated that the composition of the first group was not very successful as it included many defectives and delinquents.

In the future more careful selection of those permitted to undertake the pioneering should be instituted. There is a shortage of technicians for the undertaking.

The settlers who have remained in Bureya are satisfied because they are earning five roubles daily on the public works. The general population and the authorities are sympathetic and helping the Jewish settlers with advice, they stated.

The rice plantations are not technically equipped as the “Emes” had reported, but work will be started in the spring. During the winter the settlers will continue on the public works, cutting wood, and building houses. The C## is ready to give each family 600 roubles credit, not available in cash, but in the form of livestock and equipment. Many settlers desire to have Tichoukaye district for the rice district but the Comzet is discouraging such attempts.

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