A big international exhibition of agricultural machinery and technology near Tel Aviv has attracted interest from farmers in Arab states near Israel.
GV Crowd and show site and sign Agritech Israel. (2 shots)
LV Arabs looking at agricultural equipment.
CU Africans talking to show official.
SV African women outside overseas visitors club.
CU AND LV Arabs and Israelis looking at irrigation pumps. (2 shots)
SV PAN Arabs looking at system for erection of small plastic tunnels.
SV AND CU Machine harvesting tall crop. (2 shots)
SV Lebanese visitors arrive.
SV AND CU Israeli official explaining workings of fertilizing machine to Lebanese. (3 shots)
SV AND LV Lebanese walk to stands and sit down. (4 shots)
LV PAN AND CU Lebanese watch as agricultural machinery drives past. (2 shots)
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Background: A big international exhibition of agricultural machinery and technology near Tel Aviv has attracted interest from farmers in Arab states near Israel.
SYNOPSIS: The exhibition, called Agritech '76, is being held at the Mikweh Israel Agricultural School near Tel Aviv. It was opened on Monday (13 September) by the Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Yitzhak Rabin, and the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Aharon Uzan. Among the visitors were South Americans, Burmese and representatives of many African countries.
There were also a number of Arab farmers from Israeli-occupied territories on the West Bank of the Jordan and from the Gaza Strip. More than 300 buyers and exhibitors from foreign countries were represented at the display, which is said by organisers to be one of the biggest of its kind in the world. Israeli and foreign firms were displaying some of the most advanced agricultural machinery available and organisers said buying was lively.
One group which was particularly interested in the machinery on show was a party of more than 50 farmers from Lebanon. The farmers were invited to the exhibition by the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture. A machine used for fertilizing crops attracted their attention, and the farmers expressed interest in buying agricultural machinery in Israel. Their visit to the exhibition was another sign of the greatly reduced tension between Israel and Lebanon.
The Lebanese were warmly welcomed by show organisers. The Israeli government has recently relaxed security on its border with Lebanon, and many farmers in the south of the country now trade across the border. As well as allowing farmers and traders to cross into Israel, the Israeli authorities have also been supplying drugs and medical aid to the southern Lebanese who have had difficulty in obtaining such supplies.
Throughout the exhibition manufacturers of heavy agricultural machinery have been able to show their equipment in a specially built amphitheatre.