London (Jul. 21)
Dehydrated citrus products from Palestine are expected to play an important part in providing vitamins for Allied troops and in meeting the food requirements of the civilian populations in devastated areas of liberated Europe after the war, Colonial Secretary Colonel Oliver Stanley stated in Commons today in reply to a member who pointed to the precarious position of Palestine citrus growers as a result of their export markets being closed because of the war.
W.W. Astor, Conservative, suggested the erection of a dehydration plant in Palestine to enable the growers to export the citrus fruits after they were processed and were in no danger of spoiling. Admitting that the establishment of such a plant might be feasible, Col. Stanley revealed that a “dehydration mission,” composed of two officers of the Food Ministry and a representative of the United States Department of Agriculture, is now in Africa and is expected in Palestine shortly.
This commission will report to the Minister of Food and its report will be used by the Colonial Ministry in deciding whether or not to establish a dehydration plant in Palestine, Col. Stanley added, pointing out, at the same time, that the production of concentrated citrus juices has already begun in Palestine and that the Food Ministry is purchasing large quantities of the juices.