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Orange Growers Strike in Israel Continues; Government Reply on Subsidies Due Today

The strike of orange growers in Israel continued today as the citrus grove owners waited for the government to reply tomorrow to their demands for subsidies to cover losses suffered as a result of foreign competition in markets abroad. No shipments of fruit were made today.

However, the members of the Citrus Marketing Board could not agree yesterday on unified demands on the government. All, including the Histadrut cooperative which represents about 25 percent of the total production, are agreed on their receiving a fixed premium with a minimum guarantee. At this point agreement ends.

The Histadrut representatives are prepared to wait until a considerable portion of the marketing season has passed before the government computes and pays out the subsidy, thus permitting changes in market prices later on to enter into the computations. The private growers want an immediate subsidy based on their experience thus far in the season. They assert that they are not as well prepared to wait for their money as is the Histadrut.