Agricultural Development: Planning and Implementation: by Raanan and Avshalom Rokach. Weitz

By Raanan and Avshalom Rokach. Weitz

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9. Conclusions From the foregoing, it can be grasped that the approach of Israel's planners to rural living standards and to efficiency in agricultural production, has been based on the building of viable communities. The social and cultural background of the people to be turned into farming villagers, has been respected as far as possible in fitting it into modern organization and production methods. The man, his family and traditions has been the foundation on which villages have been planned and services introduced, either in the village itself or nearby service centres.

The Planning of a Moshav, International Farmers' Convention in Israel 1959 (The Government Press, Jerusalem 1960), pp. 241-251. : The Moshav- The Economic Aspect, International Farmers' Convention in Israel 1959 (The Government Press, Jerusalem 1960), pp. 236--240. 7. : The Agricultural Colonisation of the Zionist Organisation in Palestine (Martin Hopkinson and Company Ltd. London 1926), pp. 41-42. 8. EISENSTADT, S. : The Absorption of Immigrants (Routledge and Kegan Paul, London 1954). 9. : 'Sociologists and Policy Makers', Transactions of the Fifth World Congress of Sociology, Vol.

The impact of the new villages on the country's economy and agriculture had been carefully considered by the planners, who had rethought the question of the traditional settlement and farming patterns and their adequacy for an independent state. Social problems did not go unnoticed, since earlier mistakes had painfully emphasized the inadequacy of simply trying to fit the new human element into patterns moulded by people of Western outlook. The first lesson12 was that transit camps - which were hastily set up to provide shelter to immigrants - were a waste both of human resources and THE DEVELOPMENT OF RURAL PATTERNS IN ISRAEL 21 of money, leading to idleness, low morale and poor attitudes for future living.

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