Prof Itzhak Elazari-volcani, Noted Agriculturist, Dies in Israel

Itzhak Elazari-Volcani Professor of Agriculture at the Hebrew University’s Faculty of Agriculture, and one of the foremost Israel agricultural pioneers died here today at 75, Born in Luthuania. Prof. Elazari-Volcani was educated at the Universities of Berlin, Berne and Koenigsberg and came to Israel in 1908.

He managed the Ben Shemen and Hulda farms in Israel and served as advisor on agricultural settlement to the World Zionist Organization from 1909-1918. Considered one of the men who laid the foundation for modern agriculture in Israel, he was a past director of the Jewish National Fund and served for many years as director of the Jewish Agency agricultural research station at Rehovoth and on the government Agricultural Council.

His sudden death today postponed the scheduled ground-breaking ceremony for the first of 20 settlements to be inaugurated in the new Lakish development region southwest of Jerusalem. The development scheme is expected to cost some $20,000,000.

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