French Army Buys Textiles in Palestine; Haifa Refineries Ship Oil

An order for £3,000 worth of textiles has been placed in Palestine by the French military authorities in Syria. It is understood that if the order is satisfactorily executed further large orders will be placed with Jewish textile firms.

The first transport of 8,000 tons of oil refined in the Haifa refineries has been sent to Europe. The refineries, which started production shortly before outbreak of the war, are operating only at half capacity. Capacity production is expected to be reached by the end of next summer, when all the refinery buildings have been completed. At present only half of the oil supplied by the Haifa oil pipe is refined here. In the future the entire supply, estimated at 2,000,000 tons yearly, will be refined in Haifa.

The town of Rosh Pinah has assigned 150 dunams (about 30 acres) of land for cultivation of tobacco during seven months of the year. Some 20,000 kilograms of tobacco is grown by Jewish farmers in Palestine annually, forming only five per cent of the consumption of the local cigarette industry. Other lands in the Upper Galilee are expected to be prepared for tobacco raising soon.

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