RIO DE JANEIRO (Mar. 13)
Brazil and Israel signed an agreement here yesterday providing Israeli technical assistance for the development of Brazilian water resources and cooperative farming communities in this country.
Under the pact, Israel will send here a staff of technicians to survey underground water resources and provide training to Brazilians in methods of irrigation. Another group of Israelis will help organize a farming colony which will be conducted under an adapted plan, similar to the one in Israel where families in farm cooperatives own their land individually but pool marketing, production plans and the use of heavy equipment.
It is expected that the United States will soon allocate $33, 000, 000 from funds of the Alliance for Progress program to facilitate implementation of the Brazil-Israel project which will be conducted by the Brazilian Federal Northeast Development Agency. The agreement between Brazil and Israel is an outgrowth of plans initiated here last fall by Isaak Levy, director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture.