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Israel Agriculture Ministry Studying New Irrigation Schemes; Huge Sums Required

Twenty new irrigation schemes providing for an additional 850,000,000 cubic meters of water for irrigation which will make possible the establishment of 750 new settlements is now under consideration by the Ministry of Agriculture, it was reported here last night by Haim Halperin, director-general of the Ministry, addressing the National Agronomists Association.

Halperin emphasized that huge sums of money were required for implementation of the irrigation plans. These sums can be raised only with the aid of Jews from abroad, he added. Half of the plan would be carried out within the next four years, he said.