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Twelve-day International Seminar on Agricultural Problems to Be Held in Israel

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Israel’s contributions to the development of agricultural settlement and the evolution of the country’s regional planning policies will be the major topics for discussion during an International Seminar on Land Settlement for experts and instructors in the field, to take place in Israel next March, it was announced here today.

Representatives of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Israel Minister of Agriculture will open the twelve-day seminar, one of the highlights of the International Farmers Convention, which will bring to a close the tenth anniversary year celebrations of the State of Israel.

Sponsored by the settlement department of the Jewish Agency and the Israel Ministry of Agriculture, the seminar will review, through lectures and field observation, four major aspects of settlement: factors and conditions for settlement; settlement process; social aspect of village life; and regional settlement. The discussions will take place at the Kalamaniya Agricultural Training Center, on the site of Biblical Lachish, the first fully-planned region in Israel.

The emphasis, throughout, will be on a frank presentation of the Israel experience in settlement. The discussions are to center on the ways in which this experience can be applied to settlement in other lands and how the problems and difficulties previously encountered can be avoided.

Delegates will trace the history of the various settlement forms created in Israel–the kibbutz, moshav, administrative farm and work village–in order to understand the specific conditions which brought about their creation. Every aspect of settlement, from the financing of a farm village to the education of its children, will be covered.

To supplement the lecture-discussions, participants will tour settlements, irrigation and afforestation schemes, swamp drainage projects and agricultural research and educational institutions. The general program of the International Farmers Convention will be opened in Jerusalem on April 5 by the President of the State of Israel.

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