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Sharp Drop in Land Planted for Orange Groves Reported in Israel; New Groves Planned

One hundred thousand dunams (25,000 acres) of new orange greves will be planted in Israel according to the most advanced agricultural mothods, Zvi Izakson, president of the Farmors Association, revoaled at a press conference today. Mr. Izakson stated that Israel new has 120,000 dunams planted in orange groves as compared with the 300,000 dunams planted before the Palestine war.

There were 648 settlements, including 94 Arab villages, in Israel at the end of June, it was announced here today. Two hundred and thirty-two of the settlements were established since the proclamation of the Jewish state two years earlier.

Sixteen new settlements were founded in June, the announcement said. Five of them are located in Galiloe; one at Carmel Beach, a suburb of Haifa; three on the Judean plains; four in the Judean hills; one in the Negev; and two in the southern district.