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Preliminary Work Begun on Reclamation of Swamp Areas in Huleh Region of Northern Israel

Preliminary work has commenced on the reclamation of swamp areas in the Huleh region, in northern Israel, it was announced here today. The preliminary work is being accomplished by the Water Department of the Ministry of Public Works. However, the actual reclamation will be done by the Jewish National Fund.

Some 50,000 dunams (12,500 acres) of land in the Negev were farmed this year by the Custodian of Arab Properties. Much of the land was planted experimentally in grains used for chicken feed. It is also planned to raise plants which serve as food for fish. If these two experimental crops prove successful, the Custodian’s Office expects to plant even larger areas of land once owned by Arabs who fled the country.