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Friday, April 13, 1984

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Israeli farmers aid Puerto Rico

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BY JUDY KRAUSZ
The drip method of irriga- experience," he added. He
Puerto Rico — Not all Is- tion was developed on Is- began with a successful
raeli farmers farm in Israel. raeli kibbutzim and cotton-growing project in
Ethiopia, then turned to
Some have brought their moshavim.
The Israelis did not come Puerto Rico.
know-how and enthusiasm
Looking ahead, Lubrani
to the Valley by accident.
to help in Puerto Rico.
"Three friends and I, all said his company will ex-
You can hear Hebrew
spoken these days in Puerto with foreign service back- pand farm acerage under
Rico's fertile Santa Isabel grounds, formed the com- production for the newer
Valley. And the fertilizer pany with just such a project crops to 5,000, sufficient to
containers, spraying in mind," Lubrani said. "We employ 3,000 local workers.
machines and harvesting chose Puerto Rico because it In time, the company may
and packing equipment is especially suited for this package and ship produce
bear logos printed in the al- kind of project and has a from independent contract
stable government and farmers.
phabet of the Bible.
He also will continue
These signs of Israeli cul- society, essential for long-
ture and influence are sym- term projects." Inquiries what he said his fellow Is-
bols of a flourishing five- with government and other raelis and he have strived to
year venture developed by a officials in Puerto Rico led do since arriving here, to be
group of Israeli investors to "April Agro-Industries," accepted by the local people
and farmers with Puerto the name for the farm proj- as their friends.
"We speak to the people
Rican entrepreneurs. The ect.
The idea itself, Lubrani with respect, and we live
success of the effort has ex-
ceeded expectations and the said, came from a long con- here, my partners or I, for
profits are helping improve versation he had in months at a time on a rota-
life for farmers and their Ethiopia with Robert S. tional basis," he said. "We
McNamara, who was then work with the people. We
families.
"I must say," said Uri president of the World Bank are not afraid to take our
Lubrani, 57, a principal of while Lubrani served as Is- shoes off and get our feet
muddy. We speak in
the Israeli firm given credit rael's ambassador there.
"McNamara was over- Spanish with them.
for the turnaround in farm-
ing in the valley, "we had whelmed by the deprivation
"We're born busybodies,"
almost instant success. We and hopelessness in he reflected. "We have an
showed a profit within a Ethiopia, and by the enor- instinctive curiosity about
year, and the local farmers mous effort. needed to pull other people's thoughts and
are earning more than be- the people out of their pov- lifestyles. This is an enor-
erty," Lubrani recalled. "He mous advantage in being
fore."
Procon (short for Project asked, me, 'What have the accepted and also in grasp-
Consultants), the firm he people in your country been ing what will and what
founded with some friends, doing here with their vast won't work in a foreign
concluded in 1979 that brain resources in develop-
society."
Santa Isabel must break ment?'
"That was the kernel of United Jewish Appeal
with its tradition of plant-
ing sugarcane, which had my idea to export Israel's Press Service
been an unprofitable crop,
and change to vegetable
cultivation with the drip ir-
New York (JTA) — This formation and newspapers
rigation system developed
summer,
for the first time from Israel," Galsky said.
in Israel.
He stated that Jews in
since
World
War II, the
Procon set in a team of 15
Czechoslovakia "are. not
Israelis, including ag- Jewish community in discriminated against any
ronomists, a packing plant Czechoslovakia is going to
more than any other minor-
manager, farm machinery have its own rabbi. "This is
ity group in the country."
technicians, field managers a major cause for celebra- He said that the problem of
tion
for
us,"
Dr.
Desider
and pest control specialists,
anti-Semitism is marginal.
all of whom had been Galsky, president of the "But if there is any anti-
moshav (cooperative vil- Council of Jewish Com- Semitic attack against us,
lage) farmers in Israel. munities in Czechos- we respond to it firmly."
Starting on 250 acres, the lovakia, told members of the
Galsky said that not long
Israelis showed local far- World Jewish Congress- ago a vicious anti-Semitic
American
Section,
at
a
mers how to plant and irri-
article appeared in the
gate high-quality peppers, meeting this week.
weekly Tribuna, accusing
He
said
that
a
young
cucumbers, melons, to-
the "Zionists" of being re-
matoes, eggplants and on- Czechoslovakian Jew will sponsible for the deaths of
ions. By last year, with an- be ordained as a rabbi on Jews in the Holocaust. "We
nual profits continuing to June 10 at the Jewish Sem- sharply protested to the
rise, 3,700 acres were under inary in Budapest, Hun- editor of the paper and de-
cultivation, yielding 3,500 gary. "We are going to open manded a -retraction," he
tons of produce valued at a Talmud Torah and revive said, adding that indeed re-
Jewish life," Galsky saki.
$25 million.
There were about 350,000 cently, in the same column
The company has been
Jews
in Czechoslovakia be- in the paper, there were a
profitable, and there has
few articles favorable to the
been considerable local ' fore the war. As a result of
Jews.
the
Holocaust
there
are
less
benefit too.
than 20,000 today, mostly
,Galsky said, in response
Farm families are earn- elderly Jews.
to a question, that the Jews,
According to Galsky, as any other citizens in
ing higher and higher in-
come, Lubrani said, and most of the Jews in Czechos- Czechoslovakia, are not
younger Puerto Ricans, who lovakia today lead "good, allowed to emigrate. He
had left during the unpro- comfortable lives." He said noted, however, that two
fitable sugarcane years, are that what they need most of months ago a Jew was
returning now to the valley. all is to be relived of the feel- allowed to leave for Israel
Israeli technology has ing of isolation from other after seeking an exit visa for
helped Puerto Rico become Jewish communities in the more than five years. "This
a vegetable exporter, with world." We are not poor, is the one and only dissident
its produce sold in Miami, helpless Jews," he said. "For we had," he said.
New York and Europe after us, the most important
Galsky and Arthur Rad-
a major portion of domestic thing is to know that we are
vansky, the secretary-
demand has been met. And, not isolated."
He welcomed visits by general of the organized
since drip irrigation re-
quires one-tenth the water American Jewish individu- Jewish community in
of the traditional canal irri- als and groups to Czechos- Czechoslovakia, were in the
gation, the region's water lovakia. He said that the United States as represen-
table, once depleted and in Jewish community in tatives of the Czechoslova-
danger of saltwater con- Czechoslovakia also has kian government for the
tamination, is rising. Pro- contacts with Israel despite opening in the United
con agronomists also share the absence of diplomatic States of the "Precious Le-
information on the ecology relations since the Six-Day gacy" exhibition of Judaica
and soils with local farmers War between Jerusalem and Jewish life from the
and Prague. "We receive in- State Museum in Prague.
on an ongoing basis.

Czech Jews to get rabbi

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