Experimental Planting of U.S. Tobacco Yields Profit in Israel

Experimental plantings of American and Rhodesian tobaccos by three young Jews from South Africa have yielded a considerable profit for a small settlement, Kibbutz Tzorah, and have encouraged others to take up tobacco growing in Israel, it was reported here today.

The South Africans, still in their twenties, began growing Virginia and Rhodesian strains of tobacco two years ago and this year raised a 12 and one-half ton crop on 900 acres, yielding a profit of 1,500 Israeli pounds. Some of the profit will be plowed back into the project while the remainder will be used to repay the Israel Government for a loan advanced for the project from funds obtained through the Israel bond drive in the United States.

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