Israel Cotton Crop Seen As Future Foreign Currency Saver

A yield of over a ton of cotton per acre has been picked on the experimental cotton plantation of Havath Shmuel, in the Beisan Valley, it was revealed here today.

Ford Milam, chief assistant of the agricultural division of the United States Foreign Aid Operations Mission in Israel, congratulated the management of Havath Shmuel–named for Californian Sam Hamburg–upon the crop, declaring that, in his opinion, such yields would eventually save Israel large sums in foreign currency. Last year’s cotton imports to this country totalled $5,000,000.

An additional 62,000 acres of arid land, in the northern sections of the Negev, will be under irrigation by the Fall of 1955, according to an announcement here today by Efraim Ben Artzi, director of the Mekoroth Water Company. The water will come from the Yarkon Springs, and will be carried in a new pipeline being laid now, the water expert declared. The pipeline will have a capacity of 100,000,000 cubic meters per year, he said.

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