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Expert Predicts One-million-case Increase in Citrus Exports

An increase of at least six percent, or about one million cases, in Israeli citrus exports during the coming season which starts next November has been forecast by Dr. J. Weissbarg, commercial director of the Israel Citrus Marketing Board, the Financial Times said today.

Warning that the estimate was “very early and tentative.” Dr. Weissbarg said that Israel’s citrus exports next season were expected to reach 18,500,000 or possibly 19,000,000 cases compared with 17,400,000 cases shipped during the 1966-67 season.

The Israeli citrus official said these figures did not include possible shipments from the Gaza Strip, now held by Israel, where the fruit is generally of a lower quality than that exported by the Citrus Marketing Board. In the past, the Gaza Strip fruit was exported mainly to Eastern Europe.