Commerce Dept. Report Discusses Palestine

The war in the Mediterranean area and the lack of shipping facilities “constitute a serious threat to the marketing” of the Palestine citrus corp, it was brought out in a Commerce Department report made public today.

However, steps have already been taken to utilize a portion of the citrus yield as by-products, the report stated. The difficulties in marketing of the citrus product, Palestine’ s principal “money crop, ” have applied to the other export commodities of the country. Other agricultural products which are normally part of the export market are being consumed within the country as an increase in population makes Palestine a large foodstuffs importing country.

Economic control measures instituted by the United Kingdom and applicable to Palestine somewhat restrict business transactions and numerous restrictions are placed by the British Govermment on dealings in securities.

Nevertheless, the report indicates that there has been steady advancement in many fields of endeavor in Palestine. Greater improvements have been inaugurated in irrigation work, and despite limited resources and lack of fuel, considerable progress has been made in industrial development.

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