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Jewish Colonists in Soviet Russia Pass Crop Crisis

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The Jewish colonies in Soviet Russia which have suffered as a result of a bad summer crop, have now passed the crisis and are facing the prospect of a good winter crop, it appears from reports received here from various regions.

Eight thousand pud of seed were shipped from the District of Kursk to the Jewish colonies in the region of Eupatoria. The chief problem of the settlers, lack of seed, has been overcome. The shipment was made at the special order of the Soviet Government Trade Department on the request of the Ozet, the society for settling Jews on the land. Owing to an insufficient supply of wheat seed, the Ozet agreed to accept corn seed as part of the shipment. One thousand hectares of tilled soil in the Jewish colonies awaiting seeding, will now be sown.

The correspondent of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency here learns that all other colonies of the Agrojoint, the Ort, the Ica, including even the colonies of the Odessa region, which were the greatest sufferers from the bad crop, have been fully supplied with seed.

The Agrojoint reports that the colonies under its auspices are now concluding their winter seeding and that conditions are generally improving, the settlers being secure with food and fodder for their livestock.

The third general conference of the Ozet is scheduled to take place on December 24. A plan to send an agronomist to America to study American methods of rice planting and the possibility of introducing modern machinery is being considered by the Ozet.

An exhibition of paintings by Frank Horowitz of scenes in the Agrojoint colonies is to open here soon.

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