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Israel Plans to Restrain Crop Surpluses; Minister Presents Plan

Agriculture Minister Moshe Dayan proposed today a five-point program to restrain crop surpluses which would not reduce the population of agricultural settlements. He said he opposed any prevention of increase in such populations.

He told a press conference that he favored reducing the number of part-time farmers in urban areas, greater industrialization in settlements, encouragement of outside employment, particularly between seasons to prevent “concealed unemployment,” quicker response by Israeli farmers to changing market conditions, and increased exports of citrus, and subtropical fruits and vegetables which are off season in European markets.