Mar 9, 2010

Israel FDC on "Fifty years of settling the Arava"

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Sobrescrito de 1.º Dia


Fifty years of settling the Arava

Date of Issue : 27 January 2010

The Central Arava and Eilot Regional Councils stretch over 2,800 square kilometers, which is roughly 17% of the area of Israel. The two regional councils house about 7,000 residents, living in 20 residential communities, kibbutzim, agricultural moshav communities and rural communities. The main sources of livelihood among the area’s residents are agriculture, tourism, services and industry.

Local agricultural crops include dates, peppers and various field crops as well as the dairy industry, with the Yotvata Dairy at its core. The Arava farmers produce some 60% of Israel's vegetable exports, 10% of the country’s cut flowers and some 90% of the ornamental fish exported from Israel. The area is home to the Ardom date packing plant, agricultural research & development centers, a telecommunications company and more.

Several archeological sites are under development, including the Ovda Valley and ancient agricultural sites dating from the 5th century B.C.E.

The stamp marking 50 years of Arava settlement symbolizes and commemorates the determination of Arava settlers to turn the desert valley into flourishing, attractive settlements for new residents, visionary entrepreneurs and tourists.

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