WASHINGTON (Feb. 5)
U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today the award of two research grants to Israel institutions for the conduct of studies of interest to American agriculture.
A grant of $65,185 was awarded to the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot for a four-year study to determine what makes a plant male or female and what environmental conditions and chemical treatments can so change a plant or keep it from developing into male or female. Cucumber and melon plants will be used in this research aimed at obtaining information necessary for developing new hybrid crops.
A grant of $19,000 was awarded to the Central Bureau of Statistics of the Israel Government to study and evaluate methods of compiling agricultural statistics in Israel, The United States needs adequate data on agricultural production, price, consumption and income in foreign countries to analyze their agricultural production trends and appraise the market potential for U.S. farm produce.
The Department of Agriculture, in awarding the grants, pointed out that the results of this research will enable the U.S. to estimate more accurately future agricultural production not only in Israel but also in other rapidly developing countries. Both grants will be paid in Israel currency, from funds accumulated from the sale of U.S. surplus farm products.