3-year plan for Arab agriculture

Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon has instructed the ministry to begin a three-year program to develop agriculture among Israel's non-Jewish farmers to bridge socioeconomic disparities, his office said Monday.

By DANIEL KENNEMER
September 19, 2006 08:51

 
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Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon has instructed the ministry to begin a three-year program to develop agriculture among Israel's non-Jewish farmers to bridge socioeconomic disparities, his office said Monday. The program - to be headed by Jamal Medlege of the ministry's planning authority - will concentrate on improving infrastructures in the sector through investment in access roads and irrigation conduits; building facilities for packaging and marketing olive oil, as well as mechanized goat and sheep dairies; and bringing livestock out of residential areas. Aims of the program include improving the efficiency, maintaining profitability and setting quality standards for Israeli-Arab agriculture. Both Arab and Druse villages will be included in the program, and some will be declared "tourism villages" to stimulate investment aimed at improving their infrastructure and appearance, Simhon said.

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