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Jewish Groups Cooperate with Soviet to Aid Jewish Settlers in Poor Crop Area

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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

All Jewish organizations working in Russia to facilitate the back-to-the-land movement have, in cooperation with the Government Department for Settling Jews on the Land, adopted a program for bringing relief to the Jewish settlers in the regions affected by poor crops.

A special conference with took place today under the chairmanship of Merezhin deliberated on measures to bring relief to the Jewish colonies in the districts of Cherson, Krivoy Rog, Zaporozhje, Mariupol, Melitopol and in one region of Southern Crimea. Representatives of the Agrojoint, the agency of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Ort, the Ica, the Oze Society for Settling Jews on the Land and the Comzet, the government department for this work, participated in the conference, which decided to provide the settlers with food and forage. Sixty carloads of flour will be distributed during the month of July in the above mentioned districts among the peasants of all nationalities, the Comzet representative reports.

The conference decided, (1) that the Ukrainian branch of the Comzet appoint a special official who will be in charge of providing the Jewish settlers with food and forage; (2) that the government provide the settlers with food on credit; (3) that the Agrojoint the Ica and the Ort prepare within one month a plan for undertaking public works in order to give the suffering colonists an opportunity to earn some extra money; (4) that these organizations jointly create immediately a special fund to provide fodder for the cattle; (5) that the Ukrainfam Comzet provide the Jewish settlers with credit for winter seeds.

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