Jerusalem (Jan. 27)
Only fifteen per cent of the entire Jewish population in Palestine is engaged in agriculture, Dr. Arthur Ruppin, member of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, told newspapermen at a press conference today.
“We must augment this percentage,” Dr. Ruppin declared, “and during the coming year 500 Jewish families will be placed on the land in the Wadi Hawarith. More than 8,000 young pioneers have finished their training in agriculture and are waiting to be placed on the land.”
Leib Jaffe and Eliezer Kaplan also spoke at the press conference.
Mr. Kaplan reported an improvement in the financial status of the Jewish Agency, stating that the loan recently granted the Jewish Agency in London had “opened a new international perspective.”
He voiced the belief that a second loan could be raised further to finance the work of the Jewish Agency.