JERUSALEM (Dec. 14)
Israel will be able to supply the food requirements of a population of 2,000,000 when its agricultural development program is completed, Dr. Arthur G. Black, chief of mission of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Israel, declared here yesterday.
Speaking at a press conference, Dr. Black suggested that Israel increase the size of its farm units from the current average of seven acres per family in a settlement to units of 1,000 and 1,500 acres to be operated as a village unit under the direction of a manager. At least in the beginning, Dr. Black said, such units would have to be worked with hired labor.
The basic pattern of Israel settlement agriculture is that of individual small holder operation or operation by collective settlements whose labor is provided by members, not hired workers.