(Jewish Telegraphic Agency Mail Service)
The Palestine Vinegrowers are faced by a serious problem. Years ago the question was to secure a market for their wines. Now the market has been secured, but a new danger threatens the industry in Palestine.
When Baron Edmund de Rothschild founded the colonies of Rishon-le-Zion and Zichron Jacob, they were formed on a purely vine-growing basis. Choice types of French vines were planted and proved for a time most suitable to the country. Now the vines have become old and their output is decreasing from year to year, and there is grave danger of a depreciation in the Palestine wine industry.
A meeting of vinegrowers, agricultural experts of the Palestine Jewish Colonization Association and others was held this week at Rishon-le-Zion to consider the situation. It was agreed that the principal reason for the setback in Palestine grape cultivation lies in the old age of the vines, and in the non-absorption of rain to any large extent. The vinegrowers are being urged to carry out the plantation of fresh vineyards to overcome the difficulties.
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