Soviet Eases Crop Laws in Crimea

Jewish colonists in Crimea will henceforth be exempt from delivering their wheat and milk to the government, according to a government order issued today.

The order aims to consolidate the position of Jewish collective farms in Crimea and to attract new Jewish colonists there. It makes a distinction between old and new settlers by providing that while the old settlers are not obliged in the future to deliver their milk to government cooperatives, the new settlers are at the same time exempt from delivering their wheat crops.

MAY SELL TO ANYONE

The new order will not only enable the Jewish settlers in Crimea to consume more milk and wheat themselves, but also to sell these products to whomever they wish.

The Crimean Jewish colonies are under the supervision of the Agro-Joint, which is supported by the American Joint Distribution Committee.

Numerous Jewish colonies in Crimea and the Ukraine today mourned the death of Peter Smidowitch, vice-president of the USSR, who devoted the last fifteen years of his life to helping the colonization of Jews in Russia. Special meetings were held in the colonies and telegrams of condolence were sent to the government in Moscow and to the Comzet, the government committee to settle Jews on land, of which Smidowitch was the chairman.

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