New 5-year Plan for Biro-bidjan Wins Official Approval

A new five-year plan for settling 100,000 Jews, or 25,000 families, in the autonomous Jewish region of Biro-Bidjan was formally approved today by the Comzet, Government commission for settling Jews on the land, with M. Chutzkayev presiding.

Details of the plan announced in the Comzet resolution, in addition to particulars made public last week by Boris Troitsky, vice-president of the commission, reveal that it calls for:

Settlement in collective farms of 6,500 families.

Organization of artisans’ cooperatives with independent vegetable and dairy farms.

Establishment in the collective farm zones of artisans’ cooperatives to produce the implements necessary for the farmers.

Building of railway rolling stock and the repairing of a factory for new rails.

Greater utilization of roads for the development of settlements in the region.

Organization of builders’ cooperatives and transfer of workers from building industries outside the region to Biro-Bidjan to enable 5,000 Jewish artisans’ families to settle there during the five years of the plan.

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